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It may not lead to heaven but if you design your staircase with some creative thought it can look the part!

A custom built staircase is only limited by the designer’s imagination, and can make use of a wide variety of materials to produce what are often strikingly original forms.

Most of us probably take our staircase for granted and think of it as a simple way to ascend or descend between floors. Stairs usually take center stage at the entrance to our home, so we walk you through the wide range of staircase styles and trends to optimize their performance.

Here are images of fabulous staircases...

Spacesaver Staircase Library

This staircase from London-based Levitate Architects comes even more fascinating than what we’ve seen earlier. So you want something that will help you get organized similar to the Storage In Stairs, but you find yourself too squashed by your massive book collection to move around your house. The Space saver Staircase Library merges the two issues, creating one solution.

DNA staircase designed by Ross Lovegrove

This beautiful staircase is the DNA staircase designed by Ross Lovegrove in 2003 and manufactured by Chistophe Moinat Design. The staircase is made out of bladder-moulded glass fiber and carbon fiber.

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I stumbled upon this beauty of  a staircase and started wondering what the codes are for designing a floating staircase.  Most of the pressure is, obviously, in the engineering of the thing, but check out the IRC codes for staircases.

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This is a staircase in a Berkeley home, designed by local architect Craig Steely.

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A stunning installation of a bespoke staircase and clamped structural glass balustrade in this prestigious fitness centre close to the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre in central London.

Staircase Design - Kelly Hoppen

Light wood staircases Design by Kelly Hoppen

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London-based designer thomas heatherwick created this amazing 55 ton steel staircase for the opening of the new longchamps store in new york last year and has since recieved praise from all angles. The construction of the staircase was apparently a logistical nightmare, each of the 17 seperate units having to be installed precisely, stretching up to the ceiling.

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Salazar Design majestic staircase

Alexander Gorlin Architects

The public gesture of an open stair leading to the living area above the shop recalls the open loggias of italian houses on piazzas as well as the traditional brownstone stoop, a place for public interaction.

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Beautiful sliding staircase in Alex Michaelis ' stylish home

Some staircase designs are so good you must see them twice to appreciate ;-). This design is that good, it cannot be any better. Found in luxury house by Jouin Manku architects.

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Which one of these staircases is your favorite? Please let me know about it by leaving a comment! Thanks