Contemprary Details

Stairs

Staircase design is evolving:

  • Why a wooden staircase in a barn conversion beat Britain’s best buildings like the new Scottish Parliament to win its architect, Simon Conder, a top award.
  • Spirals, dogs’ legs, straight ...staircases explained.
  • How the DNA chain influences staircase design.
  • Build your own stairs from a kit.
  • Modular pack flat stairs tailor made to fit different stairwells.
  • How to add value to your house by cambering curves on a standard staircase.
  • All the details from balustrades to stair tread safety and lighting.

Left: Rick Mather glass stair – Glass master architect Rick Mather famously cast a glass net over the Wallace Collection courtyard and the Maritime museum in Greenwich. This dazzling all-glass staircase beams daylight throughout a tall London house.
(Photo: Keith Collie)

Middle: Ross Lovegrove DNA stairs – Inspired by the DNA chain, this dynamic staircase designed by Ross Lovegrove for his London studio is bladder moulded in carbon fibre and fibreglass so that it can be mass produced one day.
(Photo: John Ross)

Right: Light Graphix stair lighting – Side emitting fibre optics in transparent Teflon made by Light Graphix, and laid along wooden nosing, provide a continuous linear illumination.