The Storage Pod: A Unique Solution for Open-Plan Kitchens

Design New England

Sometimes solving one problem creates another. That's what happened when Cambridge, MA residents Angela Shen-Hsieh and Mark Schindler opened up their previously sub-divided space. While their renovation got rid of the fragmented, boxy feel, it also eliminated most of their kitchen storage. This very sleek and pretty kitchen got a very interesting storage solution — read on to see how it works!

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To remedy this problem, Boston architect Joseph Kennard designed a clever and practical solution that addresses the need for additional storage and functionality while retaining a sense of spaciousness.

Not only does the geode-shaped storage "pod" visually anchor the room, but it manages to house a china cabinet, wet bar, walk-in pantry, powder room, and guest room closet — all in a 9-foot-tall, 10-foot long area! By stopping the unit a few feet below the ceiling and lighting it from above, it feels more like a piece of custom furniture than a wall of built-in cabinets.

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To learn more about Kennard's ingenious design:

• Read the full article: Design Decisions: A Pod With Plenty of Apps in Design New England.

Related: Small Space Solution: Narrow Rolling Pantry Shelves

(Images: Greg Premru)

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