The beauty in modular design comes when the designer deploys the right module in a compelling configuration. There is one simple shape that is central to this creative spiral staircase by Patrick Jouin, but in its repetition it is a unique work of unfolding beauty.
The central spine is strong enough – even in its twists, turns and cantilevers – to fan out each wooden step. Arcing steel railings tie delicately into the center but seem to float in space from a distance.

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From above and below, the wood grain provides a contrasting and changing set of fine-grain textures set against the regular rhythms of the overall stair design.