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42 Modern Ways to Ascend

Cutting-Edge Staircases, Ladders and Escalators

— June 23, 2010 — Art & Design
In this world, you are either going up or you are going down. This cluster of staircase, ladder and escalator innovations provides examples of how the journey is being made more interesting, regardless of your direction.

Ad agencies are making great use of stairs and escalators by putting ads in, on, or around them. There are stairs that light up and play music every time they are stepped upon. Ladders are now functional space savers and design pieces in homes everywhere. Check out these modernized staircases, ladders and escalators for some cutting-edge ways to step up.
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Symphonic Steps
Symphonic Steps
The Piano Staircase for the Musically Inclined
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40
Reptilian Ladders
Reptilian Ladders
The Gator Concept Will Get You the Highest You've Ever Been
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39
Twizzled Staircases
Twizzled Staircases
A Section of the Eiffel Tower Staircase Sells at Paris Auction
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38
Musical Stairs
Musical Stairs
Interactive Art at Sony HQ
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37
Shiatsu Stairvertising
Shiatsu Stairvertising
Revita Beauty Center's Interactive Campaign Makes You a Masseuse
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36
Death-Defying Slam Dunks
Death-Defying Slam Dunks
Milwaukee Bucks Mascot Ladder Dunk is Unbelievable
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35
Pressure-Sensitive Staircases
Pressure-Sensitive Staircases
Edo Kriegsmann Creates DIY Automatic LED Stair Lighting
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34
Nordic Metro Art Installation
Nordic Metro Art Installation
The Tunnel of Light Escalator
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33
Family Sitcom Stoops
Family Sitcom Stoops
The Josh Owen Stoop Bench is a Perfect Place for Making Memories
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32
Escalator Morphs Hairstyles
Escalator Morphs Hairstyles
Juice Salon Ad
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31
Invisible Escalators
Invisible Escalators
Nike Harajuku Flagship Store Opens With Artistic Displays
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30
Building Block Stairways
Building Block Stairways
The Wieden + Kennedy Office by Featherstone Young
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29
Tiered Shelving
Tiered Shelving
Malin Kallman's Bookcase Has Both Storage and Seating
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28
Obsessive Stair Art
Obsessive Stair Art
Ascension-Focused Photography
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27
Musical Subway Stairs
Musical Subway Stairs
Piano Stairs Encourage People to Get Some Exercise
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26
Abstract Staircases
Abstract Staircases
'Ribbon Stairs' Make for Eye-Catching Home Decor
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25
Escalator Legs
Escalator Legs
Venus Razor Guerrilla Ads
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24
Freakitechture
Freakitechture
UNStudio's Curving Escalators at Star Place
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23
Bent Wood Stairs
Bent Wood Stairs
Melby Snekkerverksted Designs a Simple Wood-and-Glass Staircase
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22
Escalator Advertising
Escalator Advertising
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21
Ads Targeted to Activity Levels
Ads Targeted to Activity Levels
McDonald's & Coca-Cola Stair & Escalator Campaign
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20
Graffiti-Enhanced Promotions
Graffiti-Enhanced Promotions
Bayer Aspirin Markets Pain Relief with Ads in Romanian Subways
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19
Fake Blood Carpets
Fake Blood Carpets
The Fluid Stairway
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18
Sculptural Spiral Staircases
Sculptural Spiral Staircases
Italian Designer Roberto Semprini Creates Stunning Steps
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17
Human Stairs
Human Stairs
Mi-Zo's Kaleidoscopic Collage of Jumping, Running and Dancing
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16
Skateboard Stairs
Skateboard Stairs
Recycling at Roartocket Skateboard School
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15
Playground Slide Escalators
Playground Slide Escalators
My Volkswagen's 'The Slide' Makes Commuting a Fun Ride
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14
LED Staircases
LED Staircases
Stair Lights Home System Illuminates Every Step
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13
Strange Stairways
Strange Stairways
Stairs by Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann May Be Hazardous to Your Health
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12
Tense Designs
Tense Designs
Itay Laniado's Creations Utilize Tension
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11
Spiral DNA Staircases
Spiral DNA Staircases
Garvan Medical Institute Helix Stairs
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10
Stair-Covered Homes
Stair-Covered Homes
The Japanese Beach-Side Stairs House by Y + M Design Office
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9
Rollercoaster Architecture
Rollercoaster Architecture
The Escalator in the Umeda Sky Building Looks Like a Space RIde
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8
Stair Architecture
Stair Architecture
The Incredible All-Stair House
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7
Floating Staircases
Floating Staircases
Stairs are the Crown Jewel at 5th Ave. Tommy Hilfiger Store
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6
Green Creative Interior Design
Green Creative Interior Design
Alternating Tread Bookcase Stair
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5
Convertible Chairs
Convertible Chairs
Franklin Chair Stepladder Lets You Reach and Relax
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4
Disappearing Staircase
Disappearing Staircase
Steps Fold into Wall
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3
Stair Steps
Stair Steps
DIY Storage Staircase
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2
Extreme Sport Courts
Extreme Sport Courts
Laurent Perbos Creates Unusual Tennis Court Locations
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1
Do-It-All Dorms
Do-It-All Dorms
Children's Bed by H20 Archtectes Brings Fun in Small Sizes
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