Sandrini helical stairs

As impressive as a metal sculpture and stylish as the steps of some private submarine, this beautiful stairway by Italian manufacturer Sandrini Scale is as much a work of art as it is of design. Looking up or down, the effect is a series of spirals within one another – smooth railing, then edged steps, then smooth again at the curved structural core and edged where the ends of the treads pierce the shaft.

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Sandrini Scale stairs spiral

The spiral staircase design comes in stainless steel as well as bronze, brass or copper, an optional gold or silver leaf finish, brushed or polished look, or what might be the best of the bunch: a weathered and rusted Corten steel look that would work well for an urban loft, which in turn seems like the perfect place to install one of these staircases.

Sandrini scale metal stairs

“The staircase plays a fundamental role in the aesthetic balance of a house: it is, in fact, an architectural element that connects different environments and must therefore represent a transition also on an external level. To achieve this result in the best way it is necessary to carefully study the environments themselves and develop a tailor-made project that takes into account the spatial and aesthetic needs as well as the preferences and tastes of the inhabitants.”

Sandrini spiral sculptural stairs

Those who, like Sandrini Scale, follow a philosophy of craftsmanship, consider each work performed original, with its own history and characteristics. The commitment and professionalism that shape it lead to excellent qualitative and aesthetic results, worthy of a true work of art.”

Sandrini Scale iron stairs
Sandrini Scale marble cantilever

Still not sold on the solid-metal option? Sandrini Scale also has an assortment of cool contemporary cases with all of those minimalist touches for a modern home interior: floating glass or wood treads, straight-cut metal rails and so forth, though none quite so unique as the Etika described in the images above.

“Sandrini Scale has been designing and manufacturing staircases for interior and exterior furnishings since 1972. Active throughout Northern Italy, the company provides design and stylistic, technical and architectural consultancy services, construction and installation of customized interior and exterior staircases.”