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September 17, 2015
Whether you are short on space or looking to streamline your storage, these built-ins will inspire design that is both functional and stylish.

When a London homeowner contacted architect Alvin Huang about building him a sleek and sculptural built-in desk, Huang and his team got creative, hanging sheets of fabricated milled birch to produce a sinuous three-dimensional form. Look closely and you can see the five hidden cabinets that conceal files, books, a phone, and a paper shredder. Additional inset horizontal spacers form an abstract world map and double as a means of holding the boards in place. 

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How House by Rudolph Schindler is an architecture gem on a Los Angeles home tour

Rudolph Schindler's 1925 How House in Los Angeles was way ahead of contemporary storage trends, featuring a living room equipped with numerous built-ins designed by the architect, who first worked as an assistant to Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Originally appeared in MAK Center 20th Anniversary Celebration
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living room trailer malibu

Having pined after a beachside home for years, photographer Sofie Howard purchased the "dinkiest, cheapest, grossest" trailer in a Malibu mobile home park, hoping to redesign it as a modern paradise. In order to maximize her limited space, she enlisted Commune designer Steven Johanknecht, who installed custom daybeds with storage beneath them, as well as more built-ins flanking the small window. 

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Originally appeared in A Modern Beachside Trailer Home in Malibu
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woodwork portland renovation hideaway furniture

This 520-square-foot backyard retreat in Portland features a built-in couch that transforms into a full-size bed with a headboard that doubles as a linen cupboard. 

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Originally appeared in Salvaged Wood Renovation in Portland
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Custom Corner Bed in Monochromatic Copenhagen Townhouse

When Sofie and Frank Christensen Egelund redesigned their Copenhagen town house they sought to strike the perfect balance between Scandinavian minimalism and homey comfort. With four children in tow, utilizing space was a necessary aspect of achieving this goal, so they incorporated custom shelving and extensive built-ins to keep the kids' spaces both playful and sophisticated. 

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Originally appeared in Black, White, and Gray All Over: Monochromatic Copenhagen Townhouse
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In addition to wood and concrete, the other main material in the house is quarter-inch single-pane glass: No room is without a natural light source, whether from skylights, mitered corner windows, or clerestories, as in the old bedroom of the Kappes' son

Architect Ray Kappe's self-designed Los Angeles home is full of useful built-ins, but none are as charming as this perfectly sized upstairs sleeping nook. 

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Originally appeared in Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles
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hidden in plain view desk

When a London homeowner contacted architect Alvin Huang about building him a sleek and sculptural built-in desk, Huang and his team got creative, hanging sheets of fabricated milled birch to produce a sinuous three-dimensional form. Look closely and you can see the five hidden cabinets that conceal files, books, a phone, and a paper shredder. Additional inset horizontal spacers form an abstract world map and double as a means of holding the boards in place. 

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