‘Aspire II’ Library Steps – 4 Step Version
Designer James Ryan (b.1972) has been working on a series of different library steps since 2001. His latest design is Aspire II. It is made in rare English walnut which has been sculpted by hand to give the piece gently flowing lines that feel soft to the touch. The steps are held together using the centuries-old technique of draw-bored mortice and tenon joints. The treads have a bog oak bead. The piece sits on three legs, so it is always stable. It is 168 cm high, 86 cm deep and 58 cm wide. The top step is 80 cm from the ground.
These steps were made by Joe Orchard and Simon Bulley in the Edward Barnsley Workshop. The workshop’s stamp, date and maker’s mark can be found beneath the top step.
This piece is the first in a limited edition of twelve.