Custom Closets + Organized Spaces: Case Study

Custom Creation: Vincent Sagart blends style and convenience in a chic closet design

Interior architect Andreas Charalambous tapped Vincent Sagart of Poliform | Sagart Studio to create a practical yet luxurious dressing room with a clean-lined, modern look that would complement a client’s new custom home in Arlington. Sagart put a premium on functionality in the nine-and-a-half-by-20-foot space in an effort “to simplify the clients’ everyday life,” he explains.

The area delineated for the closet was already configured when Sagart arrived on the scene. “We didn’t change any of the architectural parameters,” he comments. “We customized the space through the products we chose for it.”

Sagart selected a closet system of textured walnut laminate with leather handles. Though the room is narrow, he was able to install 24-inch-deep cabinets—wider than those commonly found in closets—that fully protect hanging garments. He allotted two-thirds of the room to the wife, who wished to keep accessories, handbags and shoes in the same place.

“She had some very detailed ideas of what she wanted,” he recalls. For example, a pull-out hamper accommodates two laundry bags, and dividers for scarves and jewelry make organizing easy. A full-height mirrored door conceals storage for formal gowns and tuxedos. Sagart incorporated two convenient Silestone surfaces with outlets for chargers and space for emptying pockets or folding clothes. Flat metal hooks above the shelves hang clothing ensembles and recessed LED lights illuminate each shelf.

Moooi pendants supply a definite “wow” factor to the space.

CLOSET DESIGN & FABRICATION: Vincent Sagart, Poliform | Sagart Studio, Washington, DC. CONTRACTOR: Miller/Custom Builders, Bethesda, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY:



  • When embarking on a closet design, decide what is important to you. Build your closet around your habits and lifestyle, rather than adapting your habits to your closet design.
  •  Approach the design holistically, with a vision for the space as a whole and how its parts will fit together.
  • If the space is narrow as this one was, sacrifice extra storage for maneuverability. If you can’t move around, it will defeat the purpose.
  • Lighting is very important. It has to be practical. But if possible, also include decorative lights like the Moooi chandeliers in this project that will make your heart jump when you walk in and will turn your dressing room into something special.
  • Incorporate a flat surface into your design for personal items.