Have you ever had one of those projects that’s a constant challenge but in the best way possible?

No just me?

Well this was one of those projects. Having tight parameters, as in a very small space and a spiral stair won’t work. But open to creative solutions, so enter…Finishing Touches NW.

After many drafts we came up with a fun solution, an S shaped spiral.

A little, ok, a lot, of drawing, a bit of modelling and we started cutting. We wanted something open, modern, and of course unique. The decision to use appleply as the wood was easy. The unique shapes of each step and open airy look begged to have exposed plywood edges everywhere. We thought making the posts flow into the rails would help keep it strong and also clean. And carving the posts to have a natural trunk like form starting large on the base and tapering up into a graspable handrail at the top.

Tree like if you will. An ironic shape we find ourselves drawn to using a lot. Letting the wood go back to its roots…. Oh come on, that was funny.

The process from paper to actual, can be a challenging one sometimes, especially when it’s so different than an ordinary stair. Not only is it sculptural and artistic it has to ultimately be functional.

After we cut everything out, with our fingers crossed, we did a dry run to see how it was all going to take shape, and well we’d see if  it’d work. And it did.

Ok, I’m not going to pretend like it was that easy but in the end we got everything looking and functioning right. Onto the  install we went…

Ok, we probably took it apart and reassembled it a good 3 times, plus once in the actual space it was going, but you know what I mean. All in all this has to be one of my favorites, at least that I can remember, right now.

I’ll just let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

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Amaleah Graham