Robert Mallet-Stevens

Stairway to Modernism: Thérèse Bonney Collection

Upon first glance it is difficult to tell if we are looking up or down this spiral staircase.  Clean lines intersect with natural light, casting shadows that create a deceptive flattening effect from this vantage point. What appear to be stairs descending counterclockwise with no railing is actually the underside of the staircase designed to mimic the stairs above.   
Art Deco, modernism, Robert Mallet-Stevens, paris, Architecture, staircase, photograph