Stairways as an art form

Stepping through time…

Curved, straight, self-supporting, double helix… stairs are universal. Made out of wood, iron, stone or marble, they can take many shapes and mix different materials. Key architectural elements, staircases have been treated in possibly the widest variety of ways.

The most extraordinary part of history for staircases was in Europe between the fifteenth and nineteenth century. Some even went down in history like the double helix open staircase in the royal château de Chambord, built on a design by Leonardo da Vinci. Others are still treated like divas, such as the famed red stairs of the Festival Palace in Cannes. Others inspire sport competitions like the new Quebec City Stairs Challenge. Stairways make an impression on people, whether we are amused by their originality, fascinated by their beauty, or impressed by the number of their steps, stairways become landmarks. Its modern day competitor, the elevator, hasn’t unseated the staircase from its throne as the world's king of vertical transportation.

As a passage, a place of fluidity and movement, a stairway occupies a very special place in our home. Between floors, it plays on height and depth. It is a functional, yet decorative piece, and often a source of inspiration. Witness to the passing of time, it is a centerpiece destined to last and, as such, should be chosen with the greatest care. Warm, whimsical, elegant, sober or opulent, your staircase will help create the right atmosphere in your home.