When living space is limited, it’s time to get creative – and it doesn’t hurt to move to a minimalist mind set. That’s what happened after the purchase of two homes in Japan. Unusual layouts and creative division of area brought about unexpected changes in floor height. The designs, by Indot Design, seek only to meet the basic needs of the homeowners, without faltering into a feeling of emptiness. Hidden storage compartments and sleek units keep the minimalist rooms free from the noise of clutter and colour. The interiors stand awash with calm and minimalist Japanese design, predominantly based in white with pale grey accents, and light wood elements to turn up the thermostat of visual warmth.