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What a Staircase Railing Can Do to an Interior



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How many times has a staircase railing prevented you from falling and getting seriously injured" Actually, a staircase railing is the unknown soldier in any stairway, let alone the aesthetic features it can possess to become the focal point of any interior.
The typical height of staircase railings varies from 0.9 to 1 meter. They can tolerate continuous loads of 75 kg/m or concentrated loads of 90 kg at their topmost part.
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Now, there are lots and lots of handrails that are so beautiful that we cannot put together in one article, so here are just some of them. Enjoy!
1) Half-snake Staircase at LVMH Media Section (by Ora Ito, Paris, France)
Courtesy of Ora Ito – Photography: WeAreContents
Ora Ito designed a new workplace for the media section of LVMH?a luxury goods company in Paris. The building is four-storey high and contains a magnificent all-in-one staircase/handrail, acting as the centerpiece of the venue.
?The (staircase) creature undulates in the space, shaping and pervading?, commented the French designer Ora Ito. The staircase has a biomorphic nature that contrasts the pale interior of the building. Its wooden structure resembles a tornado which invades the peaceful ambiance of the workplace.
Ito added, ?I wanted the staircase to be the centerpiece of the building. This creature undulates in the space, shaping and pervading it. This huge half-whale and half-snake chimera snatches you, swallows you up and spits you out at the right floor?. KOZAC, the company which produced the stairway, installed a source of lighting beneath each stair to illuminate it at night, enhancing its aesthetic value.
2) Vertebrae Staircase (by Andrew McConnell)
Courtesy of Andrew McConnell
Inspired by whales? backbones, the designer created this all-black staircase utilizing a repetitive pattern mimicking a whale?s vertebrae. The vertebrae are made of steel and are linked together to make a good, rigid, and self-supporting structure.
?There are no other hidden supports as the Vertebrae Staircase is designed to act as one structural element, bearing the loads of its users and transferring these forces to the floor plates,? said the designer.
The railing is well-connected and reinforced which helps the staircase resist rotational forces caused by the cantilevered steps.
3) Optical Illusion Staircase (by Storage Associati, Italy)
Courtesy of Storage Associati
The Milano-based Storage Associati Studio created this magnificent staircase in a private house. The staircase is elegant, modern, and dramatic with different perspectives that fool your eyes.
Every time you look at the staircase, you?ll see it differently depending on your position. As the steps change their appearance, you can see an incredible staircase resembling a closed room with bars surrounding it or you can see a wall of artwork. Then, you?ll realize that the sculptured wall is not actually a wall, it?s just a...
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