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Nelson Ideas and Furnishings Storage wall. The solution promoted by Life was the brainchild of U.S. architects George Nelson and Henry Wright. They designed for the magazine a monolithic storage wall 13 feet long by 8 feet high by 1 foot deep that was intended to take the place of a conventional wall between an entrance hall and a living room. The living room side contained a drop-down desk and shelves for books, knickknacks, a radio, a phonograph and records. The entrance side featured shallow cabinets for folding card tables, games and sports equipment. The rain gear cabinet even had waterproofing and rounded corners for easy cleaning. Life built a prototype for the article and had the real thing, finished in natural wood, installed in a family of five’s home in New Jersey. Ammirato Construction built this airier version of a storage wall for its gut remodel of a midcentury modern house in California. The open cubbies and shorter-than-ceiling height allow light to permeate the entry.