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Our Favourite storage solutions

This month’s theme is inspired by a recent conversation on our Facebook page. We asked “what makes a house a home?” and someone mentioned storage. With this in mind, our favourites this month is dedicated to clever storage solutions.

Our favourite storage solutions

A study in plywood, Sheffield – Paul Testa Architecture

You could say this is a little self-indulgent but I struggled to find a project which summed up my approach to storage better than my own home. So here it is; a desk and a storage wall I designed and built for our study a few years ago. I prefer to hide most storage away so everything feels neat, tidy and uncluttered. However, it’s nice to mix this up with a few areas of open storage to break things up. I  probably spent far too much time working out where everything would go (along with sanding and varnishing!) but I feel it was worth it! Everything has a home, right down to some lift up flaps in the desk for pens and pencils. [Alan]

Image: Daniel Valle

MDF curved storage wall, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul – Daniel Valle Architects

I like this storage wall by Daniel Valle Architects, for a house in Seoul. A simple intervention has increased the storage capacity and updated the look of the house – showing that changes don’t need to be huge to have a big impact on a space. [Claire]

Image: Hasoo – Photoo

Blue storage wall, Corseaux, Switzerland – Bureau Brisson Architects

By replacing the partition walls with a floor-to-ceiling unit in this family home, the layout has become much simpler. On the kitchen and dining side of the house, the unit comprises of gold-handled cupboards to store their possessions whereas, on the other side the living area has a wall of shelves to openly display books and record players, etc. By painting it a deep-sea shade of blue the unit becomes a statement wall for the colour scheme of the whole house. It’s a celebration of storage! [Mo]

Image: Hufton + Crow

Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway – Helen and Hard

I really like how sculptural and spatial the bookcases/furniture is in this Library. It isn’t the most flexible arrangement of storage for a building where things could be changing constantly, but it creates a very engaging space that, I’m sure, would be a delight to visit. [Paul]

Image: This Moving House

Bespoke Camper Van Conversion, Oxford – This Moving House

I love seeing how people convert their vans into homes and the innovative ways of making everything fit. This van, which I’ve just discovered is available to hire, is so pleasing to look at. [Fera]