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We love clever storage ideas for small spaces, and we've featured many attractive solutions for hiding things under your stairs. This one comes from Koriyama, Japan, a place where space is at a premium.

Architect Kotaro Anzai custom-built this kaidan dansu, or staircase cabinet, for a couple who loves to entertain. The cubbies and drawers hold ceramic dishes and sake cups and form the base of their stairs.

If you live or work in a loft, this installation would be ideal for solving two design problems at once: loft access and functional storage!

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(Image: Osamu Abe via Dwell)