We encounter stairs on a daily basis but this collection of sculptural interior staircases would stop most in their tracks. The first stairway is caressed by decorated antique delft tiles. Even the ornamental iron handrail is a beautiful blue with gold accents and a black handrail. The dark stained treads are a nice contrast and add warmth to a charming entryway.
This curved staircase features balusters that extend below each step, attaching to the outer string. This detail extends along the second floor as well — all lined up like soldiers. A hefty iron newel post rests on the wide planked floor instead of starting on the first step. A simple, second handrail floats against the wall for additional safety when descending. Using stained wood for the risers and treads grounds the staircase and keeps the focus on the metalwork.
Floating stairways feel emotional. Whether it’s the magical way this one glides along the wall or the flying carpet feeling, it’s one sexy staircase. The starting step (here and in the next photograph) features a curtail — the first step is wider than the rest and has a scrolled end. A silky smooth finish on the underside of the stairs, and on the walls, helps create an enchanting, sculptural entry. The graceful wrought iron railing and lead glass windows add a castle-like atmosphere.
Spiral staircases, like this handsome fellow, are an engineering feat. Two stories of graduated box steps generates a dramatic focal point. Barley twist stair spindles bring in more drama and enhance the masculine architectural aesthetic. The combination of form and function in this collection produces sculptural statements as well as colossal works of art in these homes.
(Sources: Dutch Delft Tiles, Alice Lane Home Collection, Parker House Home Builders, Suzanne Lovell)
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