Take a leaf out of the Japanese design books. This extreme design in Fukushima Prefecture is actually a twist on the centuries-old Japanese custom of combining staircases with storage to maximise living space. It makes our understair cupboards look positively archaic.
This staircase-cupboard design was inspired by Nihonmatsu-based architect Kotaro Anzai. Crafted from linden plywood and ash, the stairs cleverly connect the living room to the second storey of a compact 1,078-square-foot home. And there’s no danger of the residents forgetting where they’ve put their sake cups or dishes – each cupboard has a number-shaped handle. Genius.
Photo by Osamu Abe
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