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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.