This Desk Doubles As A Staircase
In most homes, staircases are just a waste of space when they’re not being used. How can we make them more efficient?
Here’s a good example by Dutch design studio Mieke Meijer and commissioned by designer Just Haasmoot for his home outside The Hague. Called the Objet éleve, it’s an oak and black steel skeleton, but climbing up and down between floors is only one of its functions.
Almost like an optical illusion, the Objet éleve’s purpose can disappear depending on which angle you look at it from. From behind, it looks like a simple oak desk, bordered by a filing cabinet, over which hangs a series of tiered wooden shelves. Approach it from the other side, however, and you can climb steadily up the cabinet, onto the desk, and up past the shelves through a hole in the ceiling.
The staircase looks hazardous to climb, but apparently it’s not, as it’s based on a system of staggered steps, alternating between one for each foot, almost like a ladder, which allows for even steeper staircases that remain comfortable to climb. Even so, there’s no railing, so watch your step.