Furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her house in England around the vintage pieces she's ammassed over the years. Her retro kitchenware rests atop unclutted open shelving that doubles as a staircase.
Residents of this contemporary home in Koriyama, Japan, squeeze out every cubic inch of storage, courtesy of a centuries-old design concept—the tansu.
Confronted with limited space to build the staircase in a New York City loft, General Assembly designed a custom solution. "These stairs are not an ideal design for everyone and shouldn't be used as primary stairs—we like to think of them more as millwork with a little bonus to it, than an actual staircase," principal Sarah Zames says.
Given the spatial constraints of this Slovenian home, the staircase leading to the upstairs loft needed to be a short and steep. Since the residents wanted a workspace in the living area, the architects turned the underside of the stairs into a handy bookshelf.
Of the seven steps in Michael Pozner’s not-quite-500-square-foot aerie in Greenwich Village, five contain drawers for storing clothes.
Joiner Roger Hynam designed and built the cabinets under the stairs of a tiny London flat and a drawer that slides out from beneath the bottom step.
A couple devised a minimal solution for stashing kitchen ephemera under the main stairwell of their Brooklyn apartment.