Stairs As Light as Air: 13 Floating Designs That’ll Raise Your Heart Rate

Suspended Staircase by Edouard Brunet and Francois Martens

How do you fit a staircase into a tight spot without resorting to less than aesthetically pleasing options? Take a cue from Edouard Brunet and Francois Martens, who suspended a striking black staircase from the ceiling above a multipurpose piece of wooden furniture that can be a bench and a bookcase as well as part of the steps.

Lightweight Steel Stairs in Costa Rica by Ecostudio Architects

Ecostudio’s ‘Triangulo’ house in Costa Rica is based on three-line geometry, its design highlighting sharp angles throughout. That’s apparent in the black floating staircase ascending a transparent void, “merging levels in a single stroke.”

Duplex Penthouse Stairs by Toledano + architects

Lightweight criss-crossing supports dangle a minimalist black metal staircase from the ceiling, giving it a dynamic, graphic appearance. It’s both functional and decorative, serving as a sculptural element inside The Duplex Penthouse by Toledano + architects.

Origami Corten Staircase by Marretti Living Stairs

The ‘Origami’ design by Marretti Living Stairs is composed of wedges of 8mm-thick Corten steel in either a rust finish or a faux Travertine marble finish.