Suspended staircase combined with desk
and storage space by Mieke Meijer

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Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

Residents climb over an integrated desk, storage space and shelving to reach the suspended upper section of this staircase by Dutch design studio Mieke Meijer.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

The Object élevé is an oak and black steel installation commissioned by designer Just Haasnoot for his home in Wassenaar, an affluent suburb in The Hague.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

It combines storage and access to the upper floor via a series of open frame boxes.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

Handmade in Mieke Meijer's Eindhoven workshop, the industrial nature of the piece sits in deliberate contrast to the pale blue walls and muted tones of the residence that was built in the 1930s.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

"The construction, built from both standing and suspended parts, largely consists of open frames allowing the design's transparent character to be maintained," explained Meijer.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

The staircase is based on the samba system of alternating steps to allow the staircase to rise at a steep angle, while still remaining comfortable to walk up and down.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

The lower half of the steps features wide pieces of oak integrated into the shelving and storage unit. These also serve as spaces for plants and ornaments and form part of a desk.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

Halfway up the steps however, the design and purpose of the stairs changes. The steps become smaller, and form part of a suspended structure.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

It features a large flat piece of oak that acts as a shelf and display, and space for a makeshift bookcase.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

Beside the desk sits a cupboard with three shelves slotted into the lower structure to complete the piece.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

"We were inspired by the photographs of Bernd and Hilla Becher," said Meijer. "The Bechers' black and white photography is renowned for the systematic photo series of industrial buildings that closely resemble each other in function and design. We reconstructed these buildings into functional installations."

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

The Dutch design studio also took inspiration from the German photographers' work in one of their earlier pieces, the Winding Tower 01 table.

Suspended staircase combined with desk and storage space by Mieke Meijer

  • Romain_M

    Could have been light, ethereal even. Ended up as visual clutter. I don’t really see the link with Bernd and Hilla Becher. I always had the impression that they wanted to convey the idea of “industrial monoliths” and this isn’t monolithic at all!

  • http://elelefantealbino.blogspot.com/ Mora

    Looks kind of messy and not so solid. But certainly it’s a good idea.

  • Kegan

    I love the idea, but those welding joints?

  • Paramount Interiors

    Think the idea is brilliant, but not sure how sturdy it would be. I’ve seen a fair few of these staircase storage ideas and they look much safer.

  • scot sims

    Whatever happened to handrails? If I were stupid enough to use this piece, who would I sue? The designer, the owner, the city who approved it?
    Also a lot of other balconies, and other stairs who don’t use any railings?

  • joris

    The idea in itself is not bad at all. But as Kegan mentioned: the welding is not great. I wonder if the top part would budge a little.

    Maybe it’s so much it becomes a visual clutter indeed, and the diagonal struts make it worse.

  • Concerned Citizen

    This only works if no one else is around. I echo the need for handrails, especially this Lapeyer type stair. Could have worked better as a monolith, a well.

  • Nick Haigh

    Seriously flawed, very dangerous and a ridiculous idea! You’d be tripping over everything on the way up/down, kicking coffee cups, slipping on books, knocking over vases or what ever else you use to store on the shelves, not practical at all. You’re late for work, you rush down the stairs, oh dear I have just trod on my Macbook.