Villa Kuro was designed by Mini Inno, a real estate and interior design agency based on two principles: minimalism and innovation. The house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is inspired by nature and the Japanese principle wabi-sabi.
Mini Inno transformed this old farmhouse into a refuge with Japanese influences. Villa Kuro is located in Joshua Tree National Park in California. Due to the dry and hot climate in the south of the United States, the house is surrounded by desert, cacti and rocky formations. The wild nature in which Villa Kuro is situated contrasts with the minimalistic design of the house. On the outside the house is dark while the interior is crisp and pale in colour. A neutral colour palette and rustic use of materials creates a balanced framework for the view of the Californian desert.
For the design of Villa Kuro, interior design and real estate company was inspired by wabi-sabi, a Japanese principle increasingly used in interior design and art. Wabi-sabi is a world view based on the acceptance of imperfection and transience.
A neutral colour palette and rustic use of materials create a balanced framework for the view.
The interior architects opted for a minimalist interior with natural building materials such as Moroccan Tadelakt (traditional waterproof plaster) and recycled wood. The building is intended as a holiday home, so the designers chose a relaxed atmosphere that helps you escape the hectic outside world.
Villa Kuro was initially a ranch build in 1966 with several renovations. Mini Inno decided to strip the house down to the structure so they could start the project with a clean slate. An important aspect of the house is the tea room that was created in the former garage. This space adds enormously to the serene appearance of Villa Kuro. The garage had the best location of all the rooms in the house and was therefore renovated into a tea room, a place to relax, meditate and enjoy nature.
Photography: Stanley Yang