Steep enough to fit into small spaces, this unusual suspended staircase design features a system of open-frame stairs that hover above built-in storage and a workspace. The multifunctional piece uses the samba stairs principle of alternating steps to make the ascension from one level to the next easy and comfortable despite the steep angle.
No under-the-stairs space is wasted, with virtually every element of the stairs serving more than one practical purpose, yet the design still feels light and sculptural. The spaces within the open steps in the floating portion of the staircase can hold books and decorative objects.
Object élevé by Dutch design studio Mieke Meijer is inspired by the stark industrial architectural design featured in the black and white photography of Bernd and Hilla Becher. The designers translated those buildings into handmade furniture in black steel and oak for a designer’s 1930s residence in a suburb of The Hague.
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“Objet élevé is an installation in three parts that functions as a connection between two floors while also offering space to work, collect and store. The project has been designed by Studio Mieke Meijer for the residence of Just Haasnoot in Wassenaar.”
“The industrial character of Objet élevé stands in strong contrast to the elegant 1930’s residence and transforms a high-traffic area into a memorable residential room. The construction, built from both standing and suspended parts, largely consists of open frames allowing the design’s transparent character to be maintained. Using the samba stairs principle made it possible to realize a steep staircase that is still comfortable to walk. “
About Studio Mieke Meijer
“Studio Mieke Meijer is a Dutch design studio founded by Mieke Meijer and Roy Letterlé. The studio designs, develops and produces extraordinary objects for the public and private domain. Studio Mieke Meijer designs scalable systems which can be tailored to different environments. Therefore one concept can be a solution for multiple design challenges of different scale and scope. All designed, developed and built in house for your project.”