Strange Stairs

Strange Stairs

Between artistic project and design, Stair is a rather astonishing staircase created by Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom for TAF. I don’t see to much people using this kind of stairs, but is an interesting artistic project. Would you use them ? – Via – TrendShow


  • Jon King June 1, 2007 at 19:42 PMLogin to Reply →

    This is a good way for us to reconsider things we often take for granted… very cool. I would love to see one in real life and see if it challenges my stereotypical perception of what a “stairs” should be is.



  • alyssssa June 2, 2007 at 05:50 AMLogin to Reply →

    i agree.
    this is easily one of those “i want that in my house” kind of things.

  • katie September 18, 2007 at 23:25 PMLogin to Reply →

    I would absolutely fall down those, but they are beautiful!

  • Doug Green September 20, 2007 at 07:55 AMLogin to Reply →

    I sketched this idea in 1969. the concept is that it is very steep, saving space but feels twice as shallow. I have seen it done using flat sheet with alternate “D” holes cut in it too.

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  • Duain Pipe November 13, 2007 at 20:45 PMLogin to Reply →

    I totally agree.

    My personal concept is very positive against this beautiful peice of art, yet negative as I think I might fall down them causing a loss in my steriotypicial likeness of what one might call a set of stairs. Still a very inotive idea and one i would definatly like to see in full motion in the future.

    Yours truly.


  • Vipul Pandya November 23, 2007 at 09:16 AMLogin to Reply →

    I agree.Space saving but might be uncomfortable.

  • elisa November 27, 2007 at 21:03 PMLogin to Reply →

    I have seen stairs very similar to this in a Scarpa project… I have also tried them. They are MUCH more comfortable and natural to climb than one would imagine. They almost feel like normal stairs. An incredibly ingenious way to save space.

  • Lou December 1, 2007 at 02:21 AMLogin to Reply →

    Great. That’s de answer to my kids energie, they wold take some time to go sleeping. Wid those stairs, they spend a lot of energie, because i’m already see them running away and getting low bateries. Lol. Any way it a peace of art, in did. Excellent design.

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  • Choco&wine January 11, 2008 at 01:10 AMLogin to Reply →


    i am not a designer, so i will not say anything about how its design. but of course its looking interesting.

    when i read the comments i ve seen that these kind of designs help us to realise our stereotypical schemas about stairs :-)

    I think its one of most important thing in our daily life. cos if we could see our stereotypes about something, we can see lots of solitions about it, we can also see our way clearly.

    There are lots of research about this issue in psychology literature (Kahneman & Tversky, Heuristics and Biases). it seems that our stereotypes are effecting our financial choices, our product choice etc too..and most of the big companies are using this information to sell more and more…

    take care,
    have a nice day

    choco&wine (u should try)

  • Sean January 16, 2008 at 01:05 AMLogin to Reply →

    This is a typical solution used in the construction industry for applications where space is limited. This solution is nothing more then a take on the custom solutions of early pioneers. Here is a link

    There are many other styles on the internet if you dig around.

    I would ad that this is a very artistic take on the old solution but not a new concept none the less.


  • yodog March 26, 2008 at 21:44 PMLogin to Reply →

    okay- they totally rock! they look hard to climb, but okay! they look sweet!

  • yodog March 26, 2008 at 21:46 PMLogin to Reply →

    okay- they totally rock! they look hard to climb, but okay! they look sweet! i think that they have a nice look, though. if they save space they look totally towards buying them.

  • Sarah April 12, 2008 at 05:06 AMLogin to Reply →

    I love them.

    I don’t see why they’d be any harder to climb than regular steps. I don’t put each foot directly in front of the other so I think this would be pretty natural.

    Perfect for a small apartment, beach house, or condo.

  • enas maglad April 26, 2008 at 07:52 AMLogin to Reply →

    i admair your work very mush
    i can see such a wonderful effort here
    i thank you very much for enable me to see and to feel things like that becouse ican`t travel to see all these things
    so thank you very very very mush

  • nicolae May 12, 2008 at 03:30 AMLogin to Reply →

    Uh… They look great but I dont think they would pass any inspection process. They are a bit steap and the treads are too shallow, at least to pass here. Well on second look they might meet the criteria but I wouldnt want to try to convince the leary building inspector that they do.

  • Luke Tres August 19, 2008 at 21:21 PMLogin to Reply →

    Stairs look beautiful! I love the use of wood in the Scarpa-similar design. Very artistic. Very sculptural. Is there a manufacturer for these? What’s the scoop on where to buy these stairs?

    As someone said before, this has been done in a Carlo Scarpa project. It’s done in his Caselvecchio in Verona, Italy. I’ve been there while studying architecture in Italy, and I have experienced these stairs. Remarkably easy to climb up if done correctly.

    If you look at the bottom stair, the first tread is for your left foot and the next above is for your right foot—then left, then right etc etc. It was very shocking how easy and fun it was to climb. I went up and down numerous times, and loved it. It’s awkward if it’s done with the opposite feet.

    Check out this website:

    Overall: Brilliant design by Scarpa. Beautifully artistic reinterpretation by unknown.

  • amelia August 24, 2008 at 20:16 PMLogin to Reply →

    Looks like a great workout! I’ll be needing health insurance first though. I love the design too. Appealing to the eye. Reminds me of something I saw in a dream once. Good work and thank you.

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  • Jeff January 23, 2009 at 18:35 PMLogin to Reply →

    I agree with the first poster. A great way to reconsider things we often take for granted. Great artwork. As far as actually putting such a staircase in my house – not a chance – but they could be interesting for a store, nightclub, etc.

  • amuletts February 1, 2009 at 15:37 PMLogin to Reply →

    I think those would be a great set of stairs to have up to an attic room or something like that. Often you loose so much space putting it a room like that (because of the stairs) it is not worth it, but these must take up half the space. I can’t really think they would be more dangerous to walk on, especially in a narrow area where you could keep a hand on each wall. And they look so cool. *want* *want*

  • Michael February 17, 2009 at 20:53 PMLogin to Reply →

    Although there are numerous ways to design more compact stairs, and these are a beautiful example, we have a ‘sterotype’ for two primary reasons, safety and accessability. Minimum tread depths are mandated by code for a reason. I imagine my grandmother, who always uses her right leg to lift herself up to the next step, standing forlornly at the bottom thinking “Here is yet another designer creation preventing me from living an independent life.”

    Beautiful concept and construction, but too far removed from the realities of life.

  • Katelynn March 19, 2009 at 12:16 PMLogin to Reply →

    Haha I can just see my self falling up or down them and killing my self.
    But they are absolutly beautiful.
    I would never have them in my house though haha. People will be killing them self’s and I will keep ggetting hospital bills that I would not be able to afford. But they are absolutly amazing. great idea for decoration I’m not sure about use though unless you don’t mind getting a broken arm or leg ever week or so. haha
    <3 Katelynn

  • sean March 20, 2009 at 17:55 PMLogin to Reply →

    Nice eco-friendly design.

  • demi April 14, 2009 at 21:49 PMLogin to Reply →

    what if u fall…OMG! that would hurt…big time…gosh..been there done that!

  • Funk May 27, 2009 at 06:28 AMLogin to Reply →

    I could see this design working nicly in a larger,WIDER, scale.
    Its a nice Idea, I like it, but It just looks way to narrow and steep
    if you miss one step you’ll be eating pine.

  • Carlos July 5, 2009 at 01:06 AMLogin to Reply →

    Looks quite unique, but also quite damn dangerous. I have noticed how the
    final step is normal, just as soon as your getting the hang of things, a
    bloody normal step gets you out of momentum. well thought out!

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  • Shawn September 2, 2009 at 14:55 PMLogin to Reply →

    You need to get smarter.

  • Mia September 15, 2009 at 14:16 PMLogin to Reply →

    those are so cool but very weird i want one

  • Ely October 19, 2009 at 21:27 PMLogin to Reply →

    I just feel off my my stairs and there normal imagen those ? seems a bit dangerous but i want them !

  • Bart Groovus December 10, 2009 at 18:38 PMLogin to Reply →

    Those stairs are daunting…unforgiving. I do not need to climb the Cambodian wall of truth on my way to the schmeg room.

  • Dave April 18, 2010 at 17:59 PMLogin to Reply →

    Wow!!! Talk about a mindless attempt at design and essence…you would have to be right out of your skull to let someone put this into your home. It is dangerous and almost unnavigable and when you look at it for a while it is not even an attractive addition to the decor.

  • Matthew Browne August 28, 2010 at 21:43 PMLogin to Reply →

    Unfortunately this kind of design would never make it past Australian safety regulations. Love the use of timber though. Fo the ultimate application of timber in a stair, check out this <a href="; office stair.

  • shanneeq September 26, 2010 at 20:28 PMLogin to Reply →

    great way to break your neck and back. Also great for little children.

  • shanneeq September 26, 2010 at 20:30 PMLogin to Reply →

    2nd comment: what bothers me with some designers is that they go for unique and different, and not for practical or even safe.

  • cau thang dep August 5, 2014 at 16:47 PMLogin to Reply →

    Hi, this stair is very nice and i like it so much. but seem small to up and down