A stairway that doubles as storage and a workspace
Small confession: we are deathly afraid of heights. Our paralyzing fear is the reason that Object Élevé by Dutch designer Mieke Meijer strikes terror in our hearts, yet we would put it in our house without hesitation. Despite the vertiginous heights, combining a staircase with storage and a desk is brilliant, and the design is gorgeous.
The oak and steel structure was commissioned by fellow designer Just Haasnoot for his home in Wassenaar, the Netherlands, and was created in Mieke Meijer’s Eindhoven studio. As inspiration, Meijer studied a series of photos by Bernd and Hilla Becher that capture industrial buildings which she then translated into the industrial aesthetic for her design.
Object Élevé by Studio Mieke Meijer
The bottom half, consisting of shelves with an integrated desk, is disconnected from the upper level, which is essentially a floating staircase (eek!). With its structure of stacked cubes on both levels, Object Élevé leaves space for objects, plants and books from top to bottom. To lighten the aesthetic, the upper level is mostly defined by the steel structure, endowing an element of transparency. And while we can’t imagine actually using the staircase without breaking into a cold sweat, we can’t deny the fabulous combination of form and function.