Artifact | Laundry

Tokyo has some 13 million residents, though the number is closer to 38 million if you consider its extended metropolitan area. The population density in the central neighborhoods is suffocating. While for most in Japan homes are very modest by foreign standards, in Tokyo floor space is at an extra premium. Traditional homes made use of multi-functional rooms in which futon bedding was laid out at night and packed away during the day, replaced by *zabuton* cushions and low tables. Older apartments often feature washing machines on balconies and it’s not uncommon on sunny days to see laundry hanging outside street-level windows. Newer apartments have ingeniously designed storage areas – and companies like MUJI have ever more creative storage solutions for the city’s residents.