ISSUE 14  |  Dutch Design

Stair to Anywhere

April 05, 2012 6:30 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

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Dutch designer Floris Schoonderbeek asked a simple question: Why shouldn’t we see a staircase as a piece of furniture?

His answer is the Elementstair, a spiral fiberglass staircase inspired by a water slide. Comprised of modular pieces, the stair can take on various configurations and heights, existing as part of the furniture, not the architecture, of its home. Schoonderbeek and partner Dick van Hoff describe the work of their design studio, Weltevree, as "redolent with a palpable originality."

Above: The stair is sold in pieces with descriptive names like "Endless," "Step Up," and "Step Off."

Above: The staircase is available in any of several thousand RAL Colors.

Above: An installation of the staircase at the Milan Furniture Fair.