Staircases that are in themselves prodigious focal points, joining floors with unrivalled glamour
An elegant staircase in the double-volume entrance hall of a former 19th-century homestead in Constantia.
Interior designer John Jacob uses a modern approach with classical inspiration in this Constantia villa. The staircase and door in the entrance hall were reconfigured to create a sense of unity between them.
In this East-inspired Clifton villa, the dramatic scale of the spaces sets off owners Robert and Lee O’Brien’s statement pieces to perfection, while floating stairs offer a Zen feel.
For a toned-down take on classical, Cécile & Boyd introduced unassuming neutrals to gracious architecture in this Joburg home. In the entrance hall, designer Paul van den Berg honed the marble floors to remove the shine and sanded the stairs to lighten them, after which he installed a bitter-chocolate sisal runner edged in charcoal linen. The owner’s trio of William Kentridge works adds a sense of gravitas to the space while the signature Cécile & Boyd nod to nature lightens the mood, complemented by a Philip Jeffries sand wallpaper.
A high-end penthouse in the heart of Joburg’s city centre. A spiral staircase acts as a focal point in the open-plan kitchen and living area.
A Joburg home that flies the flag for modern living is an exercise in three of architecture’s most supreme elements – light, proportion and balance. The smoke-oak staircase infuses the space with organic warmth and the owner’s horse-riding saddle serves as a sculpture draped over a beam.
In Bantry Bay, designer Mario Rodrigues creates an artfully composed home through timeless but eclectic pieces and precision tailoring that’s all about elegant comfort. A sense of space was achieved with the modern staircase where a Günter Herbst artwork hangs.
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The Next Level
Surprising spaces and raw textures combined with family-oriented thinking up the ante in architect Stefan Antoni’s home. The entrance on the top floor winds down to the living level and then down furhterto the bedrooms, by way of granite staircases that accentuate the long lean spaces of the L-shaped family wing.