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Modern London House with Rainbow Spiral Staircase

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Rainbow Flight

In a London house that’s flooded with light, a spiral staircase provides a prismatic path from floor to floor.

Ab Rogers dons a bold suit that suits the spirit of the accompanying decor he designed.

Designer Ab Rogers approaches commissions with the élan of a specialty chef, providing clients with what he calls a “minestrone of ideas” in the planning stages, which are then distilled down to the selected essentials. In the case of the Rainbow House, however, one essential ingredient was consistent in each incarnation presented—a multihued spiral staircase that would be visible from nearly everywhere within the west London house. Situating the double-height flight within the tight width available proved extremely challenging. In the end, small divots were made in the wall to allow hands running along the curving banister to continue without interruption. “Design is not complete without movement,” Rogers says of his Technicolor pièce de resistance. “People move around and over and onto it—I want people to engage with their space.”

For more images of the project, please view the extended slideshow. is your online home in the modern world. Join us as we follow our team around the globe on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Want more? Never miss another word of Dwell with our free iTunes app.


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