hang on! by Claire Grotz

Stair rails have an obvious safety role but also a strong aesthetic presence. Here are some examples that go above and beyond the typical wood balusters.

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This rail reads as sculpture rather than a wall by the subtle curvature at the base.
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A curved wood rail lit from above elevates this plywood stair.
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Leather balusters keep this rail tactile.
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A tinted glass rail plays with solid vs. translucent allowing the stair to feel like a single mass but also staying light.

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A floating steel rail guides the eye upstairs.

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Simple metal railing contrasts with a softly curved white stair
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The (not) rail - a clever use of void rather than object to create a rail
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Evoking rhythm of steps, this string rail creates a visual separation for the stair.

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In sharp contrast to many of the open riser/glass stair rails that we see around, this marble rail and stair pack some heft, but the curve keeps it fluid.

beyond carrara and chrome by Unknown

Spring is in the air and it is finally time to break out those bright colors.  Here are some pops of color for the kitchen and bath to beat out the Seattle gray:

Vola faucet in pink

Vola faucet in orange

Orange kitchen by VMX architects

Vola faucet in yellow

Vola 321 faucet in light green

Vola faucet in light green

Silver Lake House, LA CA by Bestor Architecture

Vola KV-1 faucet in dark blue

Dornbracht tara faucet in “matt black”

tbt by Unknown

We recently discovered these gems from the New York Public Library digital archiving project, which show how much the profession of architecture has changed over the years but also how much has stayed the same. Here are a few favorites:

A storefront façade sketch by Raymond Nicolas, 1929

A storefront façade sketch by Djo Bourgeois, 1929

Savoy Ballroom Floor Plan, 1926

Custom house by John frazee, 1837

Rivington Street Branch Library elevation 1905

Design for an orangerie, j. adley repton, 1808

JL Mott Iron Works, Modern Plumbing Catalog, 1911

JL Mott Iron Works, Modern Plumbing Catalog, 1911

JL Mott Iron Works, Modern Plumbing Catalog, 1877

Demarest’s patent water closet apparatus, 1888

kids table by Unknown

With the holidays right around the bend we’re thinking it’s time for the card table and folding chairs to get an upgrade: here is some furniture that makes us want to sit at the kids table this season:

Even the littlest guest can partake in the festivities in these beautifully designed high chairs.

Spanish children’s furniture maker Micuna’s Ovo highchair. Practical without sacrificing on design, the wood legs are made of sustainable beech and the white tray is dishwasher safe. And it doesn’t take a kids imagination to see that the packaging may be their favorite part of the deal

Finnish birch plywood Onni chair comes in festive colors and forgoes the tray for inclusion at the family table

Danish furniture maker Small Design’s “cirkel” table comes with four stools that can be tucked away when not in use or arranged to create a second smaller table.

Also by Small Design, the “cube” is a table and chair in one

And last but not least, reminiscent of the tolix stool but in mini, the Lemonade table & stool set by babyletto is stackable washable and works as a stool or side table as well.

Will your kids table resemble any of these? Let us know what you have planned for your holidays!