Creating a work of art out of a spiral staircase

by Madelein
Creating a work of art out of a spiral staircase

Late in 2018, Cheryl Krismer of Crayon Design contacted Creative Matters Inc. with a vision she had for a spacious and contemporary home in Toronto, Canada. Cheryl had two hand-drawn sketches for two flights of spiral staircases and Creative Matters Inc. started to brainstorm ways that they could develop the carpet designs for each runner.

The project was due within three months, but quick collaboration led the team to create runners with interesting corsets, tulle, ruffles and ribbons to connect the designs. The patterns change as one moves up the stair cases with no repeats or static designs. Twenty-one colours were used in the design, 16 in silk and 5 in New Zealand wool, which has a long stable fibre making it very durable and easy to dye consistently. The home is full of fascinating artwork and the client wanted the staircases to be another work of art.

“The clients wanted a luxurious carpet within a tight time frame so we chose the handtufted method with a lot of silk, probably close to 50%. The grey background is all wool loop and the illustrative motifs are in silk cut pile,” said Sandra Ciganic-McKinney of Creative Matters, Inc.

“The pattern appears only on the tread, not on the riser. Consequently, each tread appears as a separate design and becomes an abstract carpet. The risers reflect a predominant colour from the tread so they too have a nice transition of colour, creating an ombre in grey and purple tones,” said Sandra.

Detailed planning is key to the success of a runner for a spiral staircase. As the handtufted method had been selected and each step was a different size, the runner was tufted in 41 individual pieces. The team spent a day at the house creating paper templates for each piece. Back at the studio it was a challenge to digitise this template and address all the details of the artwork within the time restrictions. The final product is a work of art that impressed both the client and guests to their home.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.creativemattersinc.com for some of the information in this article.

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Main photo courtesy of Christopher Lawson

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