For better or worse, stairs are often centerpieces of a room (or whole home) by virtue of their location and necessary displacement of significant space – in this case, they became a creative series of focal points, each one different from the last.

One set of steps (above) wraps up into thin air, bending horizontally into treads then vertically back into risers (with a mid-floor landing to provide structural support). Another (below) sticks boldly out from a side wall, black stripes against a white backdrop

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The last series again hugs a side wall, but has a softer presence – white on white, origami-like as they disappear into the second story. And if that were not enough, there is a sleek little ladder for accessing bookshelves along one wall as well. In each case, they manage to facilitate transitions between tones and styles while acting independently as decorative touches too. Designed by Roberto Murgia.