Futuristic floating stairs lead to this storage-savvy loft’s mezzanine. Throughout the lower level, natural stone was chosen for the flooring, laid at an irregular angle to add visual interest.
Cantilevered pine stairs appear to float weightlessly in a house in Japan.
The staircase leading to the master suite at this modern penthouse features aluminum treads supported on stainless steel tubes. "We wanted something that would allow the resin panels behind it to reflect the light from the windows at the top of the stair," the architect says.
Pieter Weijnen’s brand of maritime modernism brings a touch of magic to Amsterdam’s Steigereiland, where the architect built his family’s home. The "floating" staircase is actually supported by steel rods hidden within each step.
Built in 1967, George Nakashima's Arts Building and Cloister features a midcentury take on the floating staircase.