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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  • C-D

    While it looks pretty, I can only assume Charlie Styrbjörn has never actually used a ladder before : )

    The curve will mean you either need to shift one of your feet to the opposite side, pushing your centre of gravity to one side of the ladder, or else just stand uncomfortably with one foot slightly raised and at an angle, again, shifting your centre of gravity to one side.

    • Igor Pismensky

      Totally! Only meant to go up and down, and even with that, you have to make sure you start with the correct foot. Can we spell DUMB IDEA?

  • Ewan Morrison

    Why reinvent the wheel? I would be very nervous climbing up that ladder.

  • Tom

    Gratis Charlie!

  • Rob Tobin

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

    Leaning ladder with curved rungs = ?

  • m

    But visually very appealing!

  • fawnster

    “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.

    Shouldn’t design be about more than this? I’m sorry, but while this is somewhat aesthetically pleasing as an object, I think you created a deathtrap instead of a “functioning good ladder”.

  • generalpopulation

    This is what happens when you get a designer who sits at a desk all day to design a practical object: impracticality.

  • Charlie Styrbjörn Nilsson

    Interesting thoughts on whether the ladder is practical or not. See the link below. This is definitely a practical ladder, which was one of my strongest intentions when designing it alongside making it a beautiful and interesting piece of furniture:

    If you doubt me, I can only invite you to come and see me at Tent during the London Design Festival :)

    Thank you for your comments!

  • 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.

  • dan

    It would clearly be functional as a stairway, but usually this kind of freestanding ladder is for standing on for more than a fleeting moment, where quite often you’d want both feet to be at the same level. Personally I think it’s less attractive than a normal ladder, and it’s probably no easier to make, but each to their own.