Staircases are among the most varied and visually dynamic of all domestic architectural spaces. John Goodall presents a selection of outstanding designs.
Completed in 1828–9, Benjamin Wyatt’s stupendous stair at Lancaster House was based on Le Vau’s lost Escalier des Ambassadeurs at Versailles of 1672–9.
Climbing the treads: a detail of Adam Dant’s playful decoration of the Elizabethan stair at Upton Cresset, Shropshire, painted in 2008–9.
The 1720s staircase by the architect and surveyor Nicholas Dubois at Chevening, Kent. Dubois’ experience as a military engineer perhaps explains its structural ambition. It was reputedly based on that of Dubois’ London house.
Sculptural extravaganzas, three-dimensional souvenirs, talking points: chandeliers are so much more than just light fittings.