ON Design Partners came up with the floor plan for FIKA, a house in Tokyo’s Toshima-ku ward where the accessories are all for sale.

The residents open up their home as a shop, and the wares are items from their daily lives. “When a teacup just washed comes on the shelf it becomes a marketable product,” the studio says in a statement about the project. “The sundries are precious collections rather than just commercial goods.”

A top-down view of the main display.

A simple display for an incredibly interesting concept shop.

The well-curated, well-loved selection of items on offer are primarily Scandinavian.

Natural light fills the top floor.

A small upper-level windows adds even more character to an already incredibly charismatic house.

The small lot manages to avoid feeling cramped with a little help from the clean lines and white walls.

A dusky view of the cozy interior made even more unique by a tall vertical window.

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A Tokyo House Where The Contents Are Always For Sale

Like the cup the hostess is using? You can buy it on-site.

It’s not uncommon to be curious about what’s hiding behind other people’s cupboards—especially when they’ve got great taste. At FIKA, a 384-square-foot corner lot in Tokyo’s Toshima-ku ward, coveting thy neighbor’s life is not only encouraged, it’s part of the business plan: The uniquely house-proud residents open up their honest-to-goodness home as a bona fide shop, where items they use on a daily basis become one-off inventory.

The plan by Kanagawa, Japan-based architecture firm ON Design Partners allows for both public space to display wares on the ground level, and more private, personal areas for living up above, but part of the appeal is the blurred boundaries and engaging mix between the two. “When a teacup just washed comes on the shelf it becomes a marketable product,” the studio says in a statement about the project. “The sundries are precious collections rather than just commercial goods.”

The owners have a thing for Scandinavian accessories, which apparently make up most of the pieces on offer. The whole concept seems like an interesting cross between a well-curated thrift store, cozy neighborhood hub, and maybe even a bit of performance art space that somehow, from the photos at least, lacks any kind of pretense—a rarity in the world of retail.

(H/T ArchDaily)

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