Winkley WorkshopIndustrial Staircase, London
Folded 10mm steel powdercoated stair with plasterboard partition
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Be sculptural as well as functional The first and most important requirement of a staircase is that it provides safe and efficient access from floor to floor. However, stairs by definition live within double-height spaces and, as such, provide the opportunity to create beautiful and sculptural features within your home. So it’s always good to explore the possibilities before just going for the standard option. A little bit of clever and elegant design does not necessarily add enormous cost, but could add huge benefits to the look and feel of your home.Have you converted your loft? If so, what kind of staircase do you have, and would you change it? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.
Big up the undersideI love how this staircase not only has black treads and risers, but has a coal-black coating on the underside of the stairs, too. This draws attention to them and makes them feel like an elegant, floating feature. The pared-back banisters and sash window frames coordinate in the same rich black.
Fiona describes deciding on the layout for the staircase as ‘an extensive exercise’. It was important to minimise their impact on the floor space, and in the end she decided that the most effective way to do it was to bundle them all into the south corner. From there it was all about figuring out how they could add character and a quality of performance. ‘It was important to have a continuity of materials,’ Fiona explains. She knew the floors of the home would be a mixture of brick in the basement and walnut for the upper two floors, and the colour scheme would be black and white. ‘I wanted to be able to read the walnut and brick together, and the walnut with the black, and the black with the brick,’ she says. So the staircase up from the basement is walnut with black steel banisters, and the other flights are made from steel. In this image, the front door is to the right of the window, the study/guest room and wet room are directly behind, and the archway marks the staircase up to the master bedroom. The lighter bricks are the neighbour’s, and the horizontal line is where the old building’s ceiling was. ‘We left it open because you don’t need as high an acoustic performance up here – plus it’s another nod to the history of the home,’ says Fiona.