Stunning Iron Lace Staircase is a whimsical flock of circles
This stunning staircase, designed by Gestion Rene Desjardins for customers in Montreal, Canada, is an ode to the new love of homeowners for contemporary art. Originally a Conservative, Ken Lum’s homeowner was introduced to a work of art and “discovered” a new fascination with the more modern approach to art and design. He began visiting modern art galleries and slowly developed a passion that was to be extended to the rebuilding of his newly acquired home in Montreal. In order to realize his vision of an artistic and contemporary space, the homeowner brought designer Rene Desjardins on board to supervise the project. Renes Manifesto is “less is more”, without neglecting comfort, sensuality, function and, above all, the personality of the customer. As a piece of resistance in the new home, this incredible steel staircase runs through the room, creating a dynamic image of multi-dimensional circles that unite into a unique high-end balustrade. It is as if the black circles float and drift, while at the same time connecting to create a protective swarm for all who pass through the walnut stages
The walnut floors of the house continue on the steps and add a heat to the strong black steel circles. The concept of creating a circle of different sizes creates a sense of fluidity and movement that is enhanced when both daylight and artificial light pass through the gaps between the circles for a constantly changing dance of shadows.
The iron tip continues along the overhead mezzanine to create a structural lightness and transparency that adds a bizarre note to an area that is normally functional and uneventful.
The tall, dark façade of the fireplace brings the verticality into a circular composition that begins with the dark gray furniture, before going down to the fireplace and then down the railing and back down the stairs.
The balustrade is a modern piece of art that can be easily framed and delineated as a sculpture “look and not touch”, but the designer Rene Desjardins has made this contemporary art form an integral and functional installation that is not just meant to be touched, but also be used.