JQ Ong, The Association, walk-in wardrobe
Design: JQ Ong

Most closets are built as modular units in the carpenter’s workshop before being transported to the site, then assembled and finished with doors, drawers and fittings. However, this method of making wooden frames and nailing in plywood sides means that you lose about 7-15cm of space all around. The smart, easy way to gain space is to ask for a backless, open closet. Your clothes immediately gain the full depth and width of the space when the walls are the back and sides of your closet. The carpenter only needs to build a set of sliding or hinged doors to keep the dust out. By eliminating the wardrobe frames, dividers and fittings, the cost can also drop by as much as 20 per cent.

In this design by JQ Ong, the wardrobe was fitted out with tinted sliding doors and internal lighting. Accessories, watches and small items found their home in a glass display case-and-island dresser. This flexible, open space will allow all sorts of add-ons later. For instance, a chest of drawers can be incorporated for T-shirts, knits and other folded items.