When Pure Function Becomes Art

161aPerhaps nowhere are contemporary and modern design influences more evident in a home than the stairways. In the not-so-distant Park City past, the timbered or ornately carved wooden staircases could rival the amount of wood used in the stairways of Downton Abbey. Now, rather than stairs as a heavy design element, they are designed to practically disappear. Through the use of steel, many of these designs appear to float. The treads are thin, risers are eliminated, and glass and thin steel make the railings seem to disappear. The minimalist design is often so beautiful, it becomes an architectural element that draws attention and sets the tone for the home.

Photos by Richard Springate

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