Muji Hotel

When I saw this mentioned on Muji’s Instagram account the other day, my jaw dropped: Muji is producing a hotel — along with a new flagship store — in Ginza, set to open in 2019. As this Spoon & Tamago post reveals (and that’s also where you’ll find more details on the Ginza project), it’s not Muji’s first hotel, as they’re also producing one in Shenzhen.

9h

9h is a stunning new capsule hotel set to open next month in Kyoto, and designed by Fumie Shibata (a name readers of my “On Design” column will probably recognize, since I tend to cover a lot of her work). The name, 9h, refers to a suggested 9-hour stay (1 hour for shower, 7 hours to sleep, 1 hour for rest), although you can stay for up to 17 hours, at a price of 4,900 yen. Designboom posts a nice gallery of photos, including some great graphics on the accessories (toothbrushes, slippers) by Masaaki Hiromura.