In December 2007, Nicolette de Waart, her husband, Joost Dop, and their four children moved from Heemstede, the Netherlands, to Singapore. While Dop began his new job, De Waart set out to find someplace for them to live. In the process of turning a house into their home, she also found a footing for her interior design business, Design Doctors, an extension of her well-established Dutch company, De Stijlfabriek.
The house lacked significant storage space when the family moved in, so De Waart designed bookcases to custom-fit their favorite display items.
The New York City-based firm Delson or Sherman Architects assembled this duplex apartment in a Soho row house from two stacked apartments and a new rear extension. Their clients were a single mother and her daughter. "The rooms in our design begin compressed, then sequentially expand to draw you through the space," says principal architect Jeff Sherman. To gain ceiling height in the back, Sherman lowered the extension’s floor, creating multiple levels for gardens: a green roof off the master bedroom, an arboreal backyard, and a sunken terrace outside the living room.
Acknowledging that kids like playing in leftover spaces, Sherman created a wall of toy and art-supply storage under the stair. The varying anigre panels slide and hinge open in surprising ways. The stair rail floats free of the cantilevered steps.
This sagging ranch house was reborn as a spacious cabin with a soaring roof in Harbert, Michigan. Its second-story, basically a catwalk that threads between the large, exposed trusses, is mostly residual space used for storage.
Utterly dynamic, this house on an urban peninsula in Sydney is rich with inventive and thoughtfully considered spaces. Walls become windows and screens slide shut to repel (or entice) the changing weather. The bedroom contains an ingenious closet system similar to library stacks. These large sliding cabinets open up to make way for Zulaikha and Laurence as they hang their clothes or access anything else kept in storage.
Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation. In the living room, a sizable table disappears into vertical space to make room for parties or playtime with the kids. When it’s time to eat or do homework, the adults lower the tabletop, revealing a dozen book cubbies. The table’s base, which itself is an additional storage container, rolls easily into place to support the surface.