WORDS Julia Freemantle
With major wanderlust having been sparked by lockdowns, nature is calling, and Moriko’s cabins might just be the answer.
As is the case with a lot of good design, Moriko came about to meet a need for something missing in the market. Founder Jenna Smily, whose background working in members clubs and hotels in London ignited her passion for hospitality and design, started Moriko to fill a gap.
A lover of nature-oriented getaways, she found the options really limited. ‘The accommodation tends to be either affordable and rustic or luxurious but expensive. I wanted to create an option that fell in between – accessible but still design forward, with a modern minimalist design,’ she says
With the dual goal of encouraging people to get into nature and explore the country as well as helping landowners enter the tourism market by offering Moriko cabin experiences, Smily’s cabins perfectly capture the zeitgeist of the times.
Ranging from the Seedling A-frame (at nine square metres) to the Salix one bedroom (21 square metres with an en-suite bathroom, lounge, kitchen and sliding glass doors), the range suits a range of needs and price points. There’s also a sauna (the Serene) which fits up to 6 people and can be used off the grid with a wood fire stove.
To make things even easier, they’re pre-manufactured and delivered as a flat-pack kit or as finished modules. Fast and easy to install, they generate almost no waste on site and have low environmental impact.