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If you have ever worked in a wood shop, you may have noticed the coiled shavings end up everywhere – a single day of cutting or carving can create massive piles. And what happens to these remains? Well, a sleek and shiny staircase is probably the last place you would expect them to end up.

Italian stair designers at?Bonansea specialize in central-stringer curved staircases, stock or custom-fit to client needs. This piece goes a bit beyond their typical set of luxury steps. The idea behind it? Something better suited to a converted loft than cold hard steel – and that makes use of a readily-available scrap material any custom manufacturer is sure to have on hand.

Between metal rails, wood-floored platforms and an exposed red-brick interior wall, it makes sense to have a set of connecting stairs that link old and new materials as well as vintage and modern design elements.

Flush-fit glass panels are set into the top of each tread, looking a little like abstract rose petals strewn across the steps. Of course, for someone who is a bit particular about the specific appearance, well, they must find the variegated details a bit frustrating.