Cool Design: 5 Homes Where Where Storage Brilliantly Meets Display
These shelves and recessed spaces are perfect for organizing your prized possessions without concealing them from visitors.
Above: At this Parisian apartment, H2O Architectes used curvy cutouts in the space’s central column to draw the eye around its corners. A clever recessed cupboard conceals the TV screen. Comics, clearly, are everywhere. Photo by Céline Clanet
When Russian-born architect Andrei Saltykov designed his home in the UK, he put his love of the USA on the shelf. Saltykov came up with the idea for his highly functional work of wall art after living in Washington, DC, while working on a building for Richard Rogers. He saw a map of the country made from license plates and eventually put the concept to use in his new house in London, the first project of his practice Saltykov & Lacey.
A snug office below the stairs of a duplex just outside Sydney, Australia, doubles as a storage area; dark wooden shelves showcase books and food items that might otherwise be stowed out of view. Photo by Nick Bowers
The crowded shelves of designer Omer Arbel’s Vancouver home are a far cry from the minimalist furnishings that define so many contemporary homes. Arbel prefers to show off possessions that he’s “collected along the way,” like the salvaged wooden counter in the middle of his kitchen.