sebastian errazuriz: staircase shelf
sebastian errazuriz: staircase shelf sebastian errazuriz: staircase shelf
may 23, 2011

sebastian errazuriz: staircase shelf

sebastian errazuriz: staircase shelf




european staircase giant fontanot, italy, approached chilean-born new york-based designer sebastian errazuriz to develop a new spiral staircase for the company. for the challenge, errazuriz decided to utilize the negative space that is often left underneath each step, as an opportunity in which to store things. ‘the spiral staircase is one of those old iconic designs that is very difficult to improve. steps, a handrail and a central pole; the design is so simple that new contemporary designs tend to be always decorative, but rarely practical,’ he says. simply by adding a shelf or tray below each step, the spiral staircase could immediately become a bookshelf or act as a storage area for small apartments. through research, errazuriz proved that there is enough clearance over our heads to install a shelf system of this kind, while a ladder makes it easy to reach higher areas.

currently in the concept development phase, errazuriz invites designboom readers to comment and give their suggestions for incorporation into the final product.

proposed idea for a staircase shelf

concept model (full view)

concept sketches

concept sketches

concept sketches of potential fastening components for the shelves

  • The staircase is nice but I can see books flying through the air as they are kicked on the way up !

    Cornelia says:
  • I like this, I have a spiral stair and think that space is very valuable. @ corneilia, as for kicking stuff off, I find the steps are so small you don’t really plant your feet fully on the steps, you kind of go up on tip toe, so unless you are doing some sort of eratic gestures going up and down the stairs your stuff should stay in place.

    BB says:
  • Amazing idea! so simple, creative and logical.
    I think its perfect; I would simply make the edges of the shelves higher to avoid things falling off.

    Jane says:
  • good idea, horrible execution

    EHV says:
  • QUE BUENA UTILIZACION DE ESPACIOS PERDIDOS!!! se paso lo buena idea!!!
    que seco!!! y quiero una!!!

    maria buttazzoni says:
  • I like the wood/white contrast a lot, but there is something odd about those two elements having different thickness. I think color/material contrast would suffice. Nice detail those label holders!

    Mateo says:

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