FrontRunners: Ladder Company

  • Photo by M. Focard de Fontefiguieres
    Edward Barnsley Workshop Mark IV Photo by M. Focard de Fontefiguieres

    No need to tread lightly on the Edward Barnsley Workshop Mark IV library ladder (www.barnsley-furniture.co.uk). It is made from 3,000-year-old bog oak that is strong enough to eliminate the need for steel supporting rods in its steps. Over the last 10 years, craftsman James Ryan has designed just 18 wooden library ladders for Edward Barnsley, a British furniture shop in rural Hampshire that has been building one-off pieces in the tradition of the Arts and Crafts movement since 1923. Ryan groups his ladder designs into four categories: Mark I, Mark II, Mark III, and Mark IV. Marks I and IV have steps that resemble the pages of a book. Mark IV commissions are currently available for $39,000.

    Giorgio Armani’s pure lines, harmonious colors, and sophistication transfer well to home products…
    The designer’s new stemware and other home accessories summon art deco glamour and the Machine Age…
    From glass shelving to stainless-steel side tables, these are our favorite new products for fall…
    Photo by Ross Cisneros
    Designer Erin Sullivan creates an eye-catching, geometric bookend…
    Photo by Michael Woodall, michaelwoodall.com
    Daniel Germani partners with Cosentino for a simple yet abstract table…
    Photo: Nancy Nolan; Interior Design: Tobi Fairley
    Move over, traditional paper, for Black Crow Studios’ big, bold prints...
    The London brand celebrates new outposts with the Emperor’s Collection inspired by Chinese...
    Asia’s capital of style is a portal to the future—and the past.
    Former ballerina Asztalos draws design inspiration from her intimate knowledge of the human form…
    Photo by Pascal Anziani
    Hermès, the nearly 180-year-old fashion house and brand, also creates limited-edition board games...