Ladder by
Charlie Styrbjörn Design


London Design Festival 2013: Gothenburg designer Charlie Styrbjörn will present a ladder with curving linked rungs during the London Design Festival next month.

Ladder by Charlie Styrbjorn Design

Working under Charlie Styrbjörn Design, the designer steam-bent sections of solid wood to maintain the direction of the grain along the shaped sections.

Ladder by Charlie Styrbjorn Design

"I wanted to create a unique ladder for interior use with a high decorative value but still functioning as a good ladder should," said Styrbjörn.

Ladder by Charlie Styrbjorn Design

Treads are flat at the centre, but curve up on alternate sides as they rise to create a continuous line between the two long poles either side.

Ladder by Charlie Styrbjorn Design

Stained black or left natural, the ladders are not currently in production but will be exhibited at the Tent London exhibition as part of next month's London Design Festival. Photos are by Jonas Lindstedt.

Ladder by Charlie Styrbjorn Design

We've also featured a step ladder that can both rest flat against the wall and fit into a corner, plus a slimline coat rack formed from two ladders joined together.

Popular homeware designs we've published recently include a collection of utensils that contains an elasticated egg cup and a dustpan that funnels sweepings into the bin through its handle.

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  • Rob Tobin

    Leaning ladder with flat rungs = dangerous at the best of times.

    Leaning ladder with curved rungs = ?

  • amsam

    I knew the comments section would explode into nervous nelly hysteria about how dangerous this ladder is. Needless to say (“Deathtrap!”) Dezeen’s commenters didn’t fail me. It’s a huge aesthetic improvement on its predecessors and clearly functional for all but the most moronic user. Why should design not aim for exactly that outcome?

    • mmmaja

      100% agree! This is fine work. Reading other comments makes me wonder if any of those people ever set foot on a ladder.

  • Chris MacDonald

    Looks nice, but rather pointless.