This Renovated Japanese Apartment Has a Very Unique Solution for Clutter


Tokyo’s House Nakameguro is about 43.82 m2 (about 475 square feet). It was recently renovated by Daisuke Motogi Architecture, who wanted to create a reasonable way to deal with everyday clutter — what he calls noise — that’s practical for the resident, but also doesn’t overwhelm the home’s design. His studio came up with a very unique and fascinating solution for mess.

Daisuke, who admits to being a messy person himself, came up with interior walls that are wrapped in an indigo blue fabric, with sewn-in pockets for storing household objects. He sees the pockets as an antidote to the sterile images in architectural magazines, where minimalism reigns and nothing appears out of place. It’s possible, he says, to own stuff while still making it look good: “I associated [the pockets] with moles on the face — small disturbances or ‘noises’ that also add some charm.”

Usually, an ideal wall is perfectly clear of any attachments. Sometimes a painting or a photograph may be hung, but the position is carefully calculated in advance. I wanted to think about how we can counter such perfectionism and help creating more tolerant living environments. — Daisuke Motogi

If you look closely in the image above, you can see one of his other storage solutions: a line of sponges attached to the wall, which is used to keep toothbrushes and other bath products when not in use.

The apartment, which was completed on a very small budget, has a deconstructed look with plywood, exposed wooden studs, and even clear acrylic faceplates over the switches, which let you see the wiring underneath. The pockets, which open and close with either zippers or snaps, fit right in with the unfinished, industrial look. Within the walls you can find a bathroom and small office.

What do you think? Would this storage solution work for you?

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