The DS Modular Staircase

The DS Range is a classic Spiral Stairs design and has remained popular for over 40 years.

The core of the stair features an aluminium bracket system that can be customised to achieve a desired finish, allowing it to really blend in to the home or workspace area.
The Balusters bring great rigidity to the structure, available in a wide range of designs and materials.

Lastly, choice of treads - (timber/acrylics) & handrails (timber/stainless steel/acrylic)

With the wide range of materials and paint / polish finishes that are available to us today, you really can create your own theme within this stair, to suit your application.

Examples of fitted stairs within DS Range we have built can be found on our website here:

DS2-270 White Ash/Polished Ali/Stainless Steel
DS2-183 Walnut & Stainless Steel
DS2-309 European Oak/Stainless Steel/Glass

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These Images visualise powder coated finishes, gunmetal-grey & white.

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by Nathan Tierney

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Augmented Reality - 3D Staircase

Spiral Staircase Systems have this week been experimenting with Augmented reality.

The custom software uses a marker, in this case the company logo, to scale and augment a 3D staircase model using a tablet.

We are aiming to use this in the future to show potential clients how their staircase will look on site.

The good thing about this is you can either rotate the staircase or physically walk around the logo and see a full 360 degree view of the stair. We would like to add a control to change textures so clients can see how different materials and finishes would look in situ.

For this example we have used the staircase featured here in one of our previous posts.

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Models can be viewed on laptops, smartphones and computers with a webcam.

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We are hoping to do a full size staircase on site so watch this space!

by Ryan Tierney & Henry Challis

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Helical and Spiral Staircases in Films

This week we have decided to gather a selection of helical staircases that feature in films.

The first film we have chosen is "Oblivion". The Stunning post-apocalyptic cinematics of this film are somewhat over shadowed by the futuristic helical staircase featured in the main characters suspended sky penthouse. If only Andrea Riseborough would move to the side.

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The next film Is "Inglorious Basterds". During the bloodbath scene in the basement of a French tavern, the audience can experience a moment of tranquillity as the moon light filters down through the stairwell, illuminating an elegant cast iron staircase.

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Our 3rd film is "Shutter Island". Officer Teddy Daniel's revaluation at the end isn't the only twist in this film, a multiple flight cast iron spiral adds a sinister vibe and some much needed character to this over complicated and tiresome adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel.

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Next we have the film "Alphaville". This is a 1965 Black and White French science fiction film set in the future. A secrete agent (Lemmy Caution) enters Alphaville on a series of missions. Undercover as a journalist he has to search for a missing agent, Capture and kill the creator of Alphaville and destroy the city and its dictatorial computer (Alpha 60).

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Finally our last choice is "Alien 3". Ellen Ripley's escape pod crash lands on Fiorina 'Fury' 161, a prison planet inhabited by all-males inmates with the "double-Y" chromosomes patterns. The cast iron Staircase leads to the morgue where her deceased crew-members were being kept.

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by Henry Challis and Ryan Tierney

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Spiral's First 3D Printed Staircase!

Spiral Staircase Systems are proud to announce their first 3D Printed Staircase!

The stair was printed at 1:40 on a ZPrinter 350 using a powder based material. The ZPrinter is a favourite amongst architects due to its fast print speed and relatively low material cost. The surrounding building was laser cut from MDF.

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The 3D print can help us and the client better visualise the design of the stair. While renders provide a valuable insight into how a stair will look they do not provide an accurate sense of scale, which is one of the reasons why we see the technology as an important investment for the future.

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As well as being 3D Printed, some preliminary renders have been produced for the project which is located in a central London office. The stair itself consists of polished concrete cladded treads and stringers, with glass balustrading and a stainless steel handrail.

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We are hoping to 3D print a helical staircase next so watch this space!

by Ryan Tierney and Henry Challis

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The Apprentice - New Broad Street Staircase

The latest instalment in BBC's The Apprentice saw Sir Alan Sugar greet his prospective candidates from the steps of a Spiral Staircase Systems feature staircase. The staircase is situated in the atrium of New Broad Street House business centre in the City of London, and connects the reception with the lower ground floor level breakout area.

This substantial staircase incorporates 2 large stone plinth treads, a large tapering rest-landing which continues upwards to form a straight upper flight. Expansive cream stone treads were supported from painted mild steel stringers and toughened curved glass balustrade panels were finished with a satin polished stainless steel handrail.

Spiral Staircase Systems worked closely with RHWL Architects to produce this extremely spacious staircase that measures 1616mm between handrails at the smallest point! The size and prominent location ensure that this staircase is the focal point of the 7 floor atrium.

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Aswell as the New Broad Street House staircase, every episode of the Apprentice features our glass spiral G-Fin design mentioned in our previous post - The Apprentice 2013. Which Spiral Staircase Systems stair will be featured in the final next week?

by Paul Barton

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