A Prospect Heights apartment’s main stairwell, disguised as a Shaker cabinet–meets–Japanese tansu stair, houses storage for kitchen ephemera. The finish is hand-painted and accessorized with raw brass hardware. Photo by Matthew Williams.
A Stockholm apartment's built-in closets are deep and have mirrors on one side. Spotlights set flush overhead provide light and also allow the maximum amount of storage, all the way to the ceiling. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.
A 620-square-foot New York City apartment stays organized thanks to a bank of floor-to-ceiling cabinets. Photo by David Allee.
Built-in closets occupy the bedroom of a Brooklyn row house. Photo by Matthew Williams.
A deep closet offers much storage for shoes in a compact New York apartment. Photo by Ian Allen.
Lightweight, nontoxic Italian poplar siding covers a disappearing closet door in a Washington house. "The Seattle Opera uses it for stage sets, and the lumberyard carries a large amount of the product to outfit them," says resident Anthony Pellecchia. Lite-Ply is about half the weight of conventional siding and can be fastened by staples.
Gray doors obscure an office in a David Adjaye–designed London house. Photo by Ed Reeve.