Stairway to Heaven: Memories of the 1971 song by British Rock band Led Zeppelin stir when you view the transparent staircase that stair-maker Siller has developed for the private rooms of a manager at gentlemen’s outfitters Brioni in Rome. Even if the steps seem fragile, they are very sturdy underfoot: The acrylic blocks are anchored firmly in the wall by means of bolts and steel clamps. Each section was individually molded from acrylic, cut and then polished. To ensure the sensitive surface remains scratchproof, each is covered with 3mm-thick glass, set in a bronze strip by way of a frame. Each block tapers upward, reinforcing the slender appearance of the staircase. Since the steps are only fastened to the wall at one end they almost seem to float upstairs.
What makes the steps even more spectacular are the LED light reflections illuminating the stairs in changing colors. Safety is provided by a glass railing and banister, the latter likewise back-lit. Stair trade portal “treppen.de” voted the system “Staircase of the Year” in the Transparent category. (am)