Staircase specialists Bisca were approached by a client who was renovating a rambling stone-built farmhouse deep in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Northern England. Integral to this conversion was the replacement of the staircase and the opening up of the ground floor. This area originally featured a timber structure that sat awkwardly in its space, with very low head heights and in a style that was too opulent for its surroundings. Replacing this staircase would prove to be key to modernizing the interior since a new design would allow much more light into ground level with its single small window.
To link the ground to first and first to second floors, an industrial-looking staircase was requested which needed to incorporate a floor-to-ceiling bookcase. Natural materials were chosen for the design, such as pale English Oak for the treads and risers, forge-formed steel for the balustrade uprights and hand-stitched leather for the handrails. Flowing continuously from ground to second floor, the balustrades curve subtly whilst the newel has bright highlights in the burnished finish that give the illusion of having been created by generations of hands passing up the staircase. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Bisca]