When I think of the ultimate in small kitchen storage, the one space that makes me slow-clap every time I come across it, I think of David and Im's 426-square foot San Diego loft, which was first featured on Apartment Therapy back in 2006. The unfinished MDF plywood shelves are organized and optimized with almost-clinical precision. You think that's an exaggeration, but the shelves were computer-calibrated so the taller condiment and liquor bottles would fit precisely...
Since winning Apartment Therapy's 2006 Small, Cool Contest, the couple showed up in the pages of Dwell and the photos still float around the internet. I don't even think the couple lives in this loft anymore, but the design shows what's truly possible if you have some vertical space, and an almost-obsessive need to maximize every available inch.
Curious about the elements that make up the kitchen wall? They used "IKEA drawers fitted into frames made of construction lumber and cold-rolled steel from the local Handy Metal Mart, and galvanized boxes from The Container Store spot-welded together to fit silverware and utensils," according to Dwell.
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(Images: Misha Gravenor for Dwell Magazine)