Stairs are such an important part of our built environment, but they do take up a lot of space. That's why we show storage stairs and often feature alternating tread stairs, which look scary and dangerous but take up half the space. Now Dutch designer Mieke Meijer combines the two with a desk, turning a simple stair into something completely different.
The designer writes:
Object élevé is an installation in three parts that functions as a connection between two floors while also offering space to work, collect and store. Commissioned by Just Haastnoot, the project has been designed by Studio Mieke Meijer for his residence in Wassenaar.
Object élevé is strongly related to previous installations by Studio Mieke Meijer that were inspired on photographs by Bernd & Hilla Becher. The Bechers’ black and white photography is renowned for the systematic photo series of industrial buildings that closely resemble each other in function and design. Following her own interpretation, Studio Mieke Meijer reconstructs these buildings into functional installations.
The handrail police will no doubt complain that this is the most dangerous stair shown yet on TreeHugger, being a combo of alternating treads, no handrail on either side, and totally covered in trip hazards. Picky picky. Look at how many functions it combines in such a small space and how interesting it looks, how it makes the stair totally disappear into furniture. Look at the way that the upper half is totally separate from the lower so that you don't even feel that they are part of the same thing. That's clever.
Where it matters, it's just a stair.