Monday, April 4, 2011

Reaching High

In the eighteenth century, European nobility sought to expand their knowledge by studying literature, maps and touring countries around the world. Those travels led to accumulating books. Since books were more available, cabinetmakers started creating library furniture and built in bookcases to display the books in private homes, and in high ceiling rooms, ladders were a must.

Ladders come in different woods and finishes. By using them in interiors, it allows the use of every inch of the space. At the same time, it brings character, luxury, and maximizes storage where ever they are used:

Among books in the library

 In the butler's pantry

                          In the guest room                   

In the bedroom

 In the office

Photo 1 courtesy of House Beautiful, photography by William P. Steele
Photo 2 designer Charlotte Moss, photography Pieter Estersohn
Photo 3 designer Bunny Williams, photography by Fritz Von Der Shulenberg
Photo 4 courtesy of House Beautiful , photography by William Waldron
Photo 5 courtesy of House Beautiful , designer Milly De Cabrol, photography by Thomas Loop
Photo 6 unknown


RAG said...

Interesting...whenever I think of a ladder in a home I think only of bunk beds!

Anonymous said...

Rolling ladders are in the same class as spiral stairs, they lead where you will find interesting things and they do it in an unexpected way. I am building a log cabin with a 12 ceiling. Finally I can have my own rolling ladder. In spite of always wanting one it was impossible to justify in a house with an 8 foot ceiling. Happy Days await me. Good post.


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