The staircase in Brad Smith and Brian Brennan’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, acts as both room divider and main storage. The stair “carpet” is made from the same tough rubber that is used to make tires for semis. Photo by Peter Marlow.
Elsewhere in that same home, another set of stairs emphasizes the outline of the stair shape—which gives the design a playful quality and acts as cupboard doors. Photo by Peter Marlow.
Residents of this contemporary home in Koriyama, Japan, squeeze out every cubic inch of storage, courtesy of a centuries-old design concept—the tansu.
The New York City-based firm Delson or Sherman Architects assembled this duplex apartment in a Soho row house from two stacked apartments and a new rear extension. Acknowledging that kids like playing in leftover spaces, Sherman created a wall of toy and art-supply storage under the stair. The varying anigre panels slide and hinge open in surprising ways. The stair rail floats free of the cantilevered steps.
In southwest England, interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her home around the vintage pieces she’d amassed over a decade. A cleverly designed staircase shelters open shelving, where Tyler displays her vast collection of colorful cookware by the likes of Finel, Copco, Cathrineholm, Jens Quistgaard, and Stig Lindberg.