Stairway to Heaven: Making the Climb Worthwhile with a Statement Staircase

September 19, 2023

The statement staircase has been in the spotlight for quite some time, and for good reason. A creative vision, craftsmanship, and masterful engineering can transform the utilitarian household necessity into a compelling, sculptural showpiece in carved wood, stone and even laser cut steel. Check out a few of our favorite statement staircases from Workshop/APD-designed homes through the years.

A sculptural stair adds depth to the monochromatic Downtown Penthouse Duplex, with a white plaster balustrade and cove lighting that conjures the sublime.

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The grand spiral staircase in this Upper East Side townhouse got a modern update, with soft, sloping handrails, a custom runner and a light fixture spanning five stories.

This crisp, curvy stair floats between two glass banisters for a modern transition in the Upper West Side Triplex. Playful yet functional, this flight was one of several developed to combine the original choppy layout.

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In our Fifth Avenue Duplex, irresistibly smooth curves take a sophisticated Upper East Side residence to new heights.

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What about a stair that isn’t actually there? In the  Central Park Duplex, these floating, glowing LED platforms create the illusion of a staircase descending from the ceiling and leading to nowhere.

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Minimal and chic in Sagaponack, this slatted staircase brings subtle depth and interest to a neutral, modern Hamptons renovation.

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Vibrant pendant lighting and a beachy Jim Kempner installation add color and whimsy to this stairwell in a luxurious private Bahamas Retreat

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This sleek, jaw-dropping staircase in our Nantucket Family Compound shows how a masterful material mix  can elevate an interior.

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In the heart of the West Village, a sculptural steel staircase transitions seamlessly into an undulating mezzanine inspired by birds’ nests.

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In a Turtle Bay Duplex bachelor pad, the bottom stair becomes a custom side table for the living room sofa.

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A bold painted blue stripe and lovingly restored bannisters create fresh contrast between old and new in this Park Slope Townhouse.