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.
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.