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Staircase - contemporary open and wood railing staircase idea in Portland

stairsContemporary Staircase, Portland

John Prindle © 2012 Houzz

Staircase - contemporary open and wood railing staircase idea in Portland —  Houzz
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kryshanair wrote:Nov 18, 2012
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    John Prindle
    It's Morse Code... each family member's name
  • Bettina Hooper
    Not only a spectacular staircase, but a wonderfully creative sentiment.
Jeff Kratschmer wrote:Apr 28, 2015
  • Erin Leedy

    Sorry for the late response. It's white oak.

jeffbauer wrote:Jul 13, 2013
  • Nicole Hopeman
    I saw this photo elsewhere and the notches are the names of the residing family members in Morse code.

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jess_mcbride
Jess McBride added this to Laser-Cut Focus: The Future of Design Is HereJun 28, 2016

9. Staircase stunners. Using maple hardwood, designer John Prindle designed a knockout staircase that is as interesting as the pattern cut into it. If you thought it was just a matrix of random punches for purely visual effect, you’d be wrong; it’s actually each residing family member’s name cut into Morse code.

maryjobowling
Mary Jo Bowling added this to So Your Style Is: Sci-Fi Past and FutureAug 14, 2014

The names of the family members who live in this home are rendered in a more obscure language here: Morse code.

johnprindle
John Prindle added this to My Houzz: Added Space and Style for a 1960s Split LevelOct 1, 2012

Greg designed an original pattern for the ApplePly panels that line the stairs and loft using the dots and dashes of Morse code. Each strip spells out the name of a member of the family.The stairs lead down to an apartment suite where Betsy lives. "Multigenerational living was part of the goal of redesigning the space," Greg says. Her dedicated level in the house has a separate entrance, laundry appliances and a small kitchen.Railing panels: B&L Wood Creations; railing: steel, custom, Formed Objects

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rondahaashuntze added this to Kerf cabinets & furnitureMar 2, 2019

Greg designed an original pattern for the ApplePly panels that line the stairs and loft using the dots and dashes of Morse code. Each strip spells out the name of a member of the family.

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cynnaneele added this to Interior IdeasFeb 3, 2018

On the stairsThe beauty of ply is that it’s lightweight yet strong, comes in large sheets, is easy to machine and highly resistant to splitting, warping, shrinking and swelling. This means it can be used for applications for which solid timber wouldn’t cut it, like in the case of this conversation-starting staircase. Here, panels of plywood have been creatively machined to feature the names of each family member in Morse code. But even if you aren’t in the know about what the cut-out dots and dashes mean, the striking geometric motif still turns heads and adds plenty of drama to the space.Stair panels in ApplePly

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