For as long as the staircase has been used, it has also been a form of seating. The raised right angle of the step lends itself to form a natural seat like structure. Using stairs as seating spans through all cultures and demographics – from beggars peddling to lawyers eating their lunch. While in university settings, stairs are synonymous with a place to have a break with friends or study.
Steps is an exploration of the idea of reinvention.
By re-conceptualizing objects that were originally designed for one purpose, we find alternate or multiple uses. In stripping the stair of its more cultural and metaphorical meaning, and allowing the essential structure of the stair become both the practical and the aesthetic value, Steps re-orients us to the idea of the stair and how we use it. Steps transforms the staircase’s iconic form into multi-functional seating by incorporating a seat back to the second “tread.” In doing so, Steps form becomes both a seat with two end tables and two seats with one end-table, while the third stairs’ elevation also provides a natural armrest.)
Steps is crafted in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada from Maple plywood and is available made to order through Geof Ramsay Design Studio.