I’ve been obsessed with staircases for as long as I can remember. When I received a copy of Staircases: The Architecture of Ascent I was beyond thrilled. The book, written by Oscar Tusquets Blanca, Martine Diot, Adelaide de Savray, Jerome Coignard and Jean Dethier, is a fabulous collection of beautiful staircases located around the world.
The five authors of the book are from a varied background. They are architects, art historians, journalists and urban planners. They collaborate to take us through the history of stairs, starting with the stepped pyramids of Maya, through the Rennaisance and Boroque periods, as well as through the Art Nouveau and present day.
The book is filled with quite a bit of information and it’s also filled with tons of eye candy. I was in awe of the beautiful staircases that filled the pages. I had to flip through the book several times before I actually started to read it!
It was interesting to learn that staircases were once a sign of social status. Large, beautiful staircases at the front of a house were vastly different from the service stairs typically located at the back of a house.
I would recommend this book for anyone font of stairs, fond of architecture and design and fond of history. It’s also great to have on your coffee table as a conversation starter!