Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Modern Stair

What do you think of modern, airy staircases? Part of me likes them, another part feels they don't LOOK sturdy (when in actuality I know they are perfectly safe). This top one we're using at work now as an inspiration for a staircase in my main project which is very modern. I have my misgivings, but I'm sure it will turn out to be beautiful. What do you think?
I like this one much better, it looks grounded somehow with the stringers on the sides of the treads. That, plus this house is CRAZY beautiful ( a fountain under the stair -nice). Check out Edi's Files to see the rest of it HERE.
Top staircase by KRD architects, the 2nd stair & railing pictures are from a project by Jeffrey Bilhuber. Pics courtesy of Edi's Files

8 comments:

Decor Fellow: James Saavedra said...

love em both:) but the second is better

Great Dame said...

Aesthetically, I love 'em both too. However, I tend to feel a little squirelly if stair treads are really really open, just 'cause I'm not great with heights. So, in that case the second set of stairs is more personally appealing. I would like being able to see the stringers on either side, even though I 'know' that both steps would work!

Be the change..... said...

GD, I feel the same way! Just having 2 side stringers makes it feel safer, even though I know it's irrational! They're both beautiful though of course as James says.

David said...

I love open stairs, and a beautiful set appear (with blackened steel side stringers and honed black granite treads)off to the side in the entry hall of the dream house I've built in my head.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

The best modern staircases ever are those designed by Eva Jiricna, who has had a thing for thick, colorless glass treads for 20 years, I think.

Be the change..... said...

AAL, I'll have to research her work -sounds fascinating!

Things That Inspire said...

I grew up in contemporary houses (two), and both had open airy staircases. I find that my preference these days is no visible staircase in the front hall - I like it to be tucked to the side.

Be the change..... said...

I like all staircases, TTI! Exposed ( if they're pretty), hidden away - they're all good!