Stairway to Heaven

So I’ve been in the trenches designing our new stairwell in record time. I love when contractors (or anyone, for that matter) impose ridonkulous deadlines and expect miracles- but then again I’ve asked that of others in my professional life so I guess payback’s a beeyatch, no? (wink)

Anyway, it’s terribly intimidating. Risers, treads, balusters, banisters, shoes, newel posts, collars, non-plowed handrails, meeting code, wha? Crash course one – pass/fail- I fail. Googling “attractive stairways”, “designer stairwells”, even “pretty staircases” brought nothing but a panoply of hideosity – you know, the polyurethaned honeyed oak early American kind that makes you want to don a Pilgrim’s bonnet, curl up in the fetal position, and promptly suck your thumb. Toto, we’re not in Charleston anymore- we’re in Colonial Williamsburg.

Silver lining? I stumbled across image after image of Stuart Haygarth’s exceptional install at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Framed. Talk about a STAIRCASE- rilly? I could only dream. Hope this inspires you to greater design heights like it does moi!

Stuart’s initial sketch . . .

{imagery via Design Boom}

FRAMED Stuart Haygarth/John Jones installation at the V&A from Stuart York on Vimeo.


  1. E.Lee

    Beautiful! I am about to stencil my stairs in faux antelope since the husband will not spring for carpet. If I knew we were going to reside here forever I would embark on something completely unexpected, yet fab like this!

    • Calder Clark Designs

      Is that like “fauxtelope”? 🙂 sounds fab