Russian & Czech students scoop top prizes in European Staircase Design

Architecture students from Russia and the Czech Republic have been named as the winners of the inaugural EeStairs Staircase Design Competition. Numerous entries have been received from across Europe, Asia and America and following consideration from an experienced judging panel and a public vote the winners have been decided.

Iurii Tiguntsev, from Russia, was the winner of the Custom Design category with his design Urban Stairs whilst Petra Musilová of the Czech Republic saw off the competition in the Standard Design Category with the Kuspokuse staircase.

Cornelis van Vlastuin, creative director Eestairs said:

“The aim of the EeStairs Design Competition was to inspire the next generation of architects and designers, encouraging them to develop their designs into something which is practical and a feature in its own right. The winners of the competition had to overcome strong competition, the quality of the design received was outstanding and I have no doubt that both the winners and the other entrants be behind the extraordinary products of the future!”

Tigunstev, a student studying architecture, was the designer of Urban Stairs, a project which combined a staircase and an extremely practical sloping walk way that can be used when steps are not appropriate. This modern design is as elegant as it is well thought out. A combination of concrete, metal and glass are brought together in the creation of a staircase that is light, ergonomic and challenges the preconception that minimal design cannot be beautiful and luxurious.

Tigunstev said:

“I found out about the competition whilst looking for a designer staircase company for my father as he was building a house. After reading positive things about EeStairs I visited their website where I saw the Design Competition and designed to submit a design. I was surprised to see my design in the final three of the custom design category, this alone is a great achievement, but to win the category was fantastic, I am extremely pleased!”

Musilová, who is completing masters degree in Architecture and Urbanism, has aimed to create a number of standardized elements of a staircase which can be brought together in different ways to create individual designs. Like a puzzle, the elements of this staircase can be fitted together ‘kus-po-kuse’, which is Czech for ‘piece-by-piece’ a smart design that offers a bespoke end product.

“I am absolutely delighted to win the standard design category!” Musilová added:

“I thought I would submit a design after my university sent an email about the competition to all of the students. I looked carefully at the categories and decided to develop a standard design because I enjoy creating things that are both beautiful and functional; Kuspokuse stairs combine both of these elements! I did not expect my design to do so well.”

Cornelis van Vlastuin added: 

“The winning designs are perfect examples of what we would expect from a both a custom and standard design. Tigunstev’s Urban Stairs is not only bespoke it meets the need of its environment; the spiral staircase flanked by gently rising walk way makes is perfect for a public environment as it meets the needs of anyone who might be using it, Musilová has also demonstrated a clear understanding of what is expected from a standard design staircase.”

Far from a design singular design, the Kuspokuse staircase can be easily adapted and is design that can provide a designer staircase without being an entirely bespoke creation.

Each of the winners will be invited for a tour of EeStairs headquarters in Barneveld, NL, to collect their awards, which will be accompanied by a £2000 cash prize.

“We hope that the competition and tour of EeStairs offices and manufacturing facility in Barneveld will be invaluable experience for the two winners, helping them to understand the meticulous processes that go into brining designs to life,” explains Vlastuin.

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