I was speaking with a client earlier in the day who is getting closer to downsizing and eliminating stairs in her home. And then I saw the spiral staircase / light combination collaboratively designed by .PSLAB and architect Bernard Khoury, which got me to thinking about how much I love stairs.
Yes, I actually like to climb them. But I also enjoy the architectural detail they can offer to a space. Unfortunately, I find stairs are often overlooked in the typical home, perhaps due to a lack of space and/or imagination.
Or maybe it is due to their utilitarian purpose.
The Longchamps store in New York City (pictured above) features stairs constructed from continuous strips of hot-rolled steel, as designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick.
Stairs can take up an incredible amount of space. The steps above, designed by Stockholm-based TAF Architect Office, occupy a footprint only slightly larger than a standard closet. They are rather steep and narrow by North American standards, but the look is incredible!
Using a solid aluminum beam and modified skateboard decks that feature only one concave edge, the stairs created for Thin Air Press reflect their passion — they are a skateboard school.
Take a second look at what you’re climbing the next time you approach a set of stairs to explore the beauty of what might lie before you. Perhaps you’re standing at the foot of your own stairway to heaven.