This Treacherous Hanging Staircase Doubles As Shelving and a Desk

Here's a great space-saving idea for anyone living in a small home with multiple floors who also happen to be incredibly sure-footed. Mieke Meijer's designed this completely unorthodox staircase called the Object Élevé for a home in the Netherlands to maximize space, functionality, and wow factor. » 3/17/14 5:40pm 3/17/14 5:40pm

A Terrifying Staircase To Nowhere Provides Dizzying Views Of the Alps

Apparently, stunning views of one of the most picturesque mountain ranges in the world aren't enough for visitors of the Dachstein Glacier resort in Austria. So the facility has installed a 14-step 'staircase to nothing' leading to a glass-bottomed viewing platform that juts out from the side of the glacier, and a… » 7/09/13 1:00pm 7/09/13 1:00pm

People Start Piling on Top of Each Other As an Escalator Goes Crazy

This is crazy. During John Stewart and Steven Colbert's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' event in Washington DC, an escalator in a Metro station went completely buckwild. Like to the shits. I'm not kidding, the escalator started speeding up and tossing people on top of each other. Just watch. The ridiculousness starts… » 2/28/11 9:20pm 2/28/11 9:20pm

StairSteady Helps the Elderly Climb Stairs on Shaky Legs

Ruth Amos, an 18-year-old student from the UK, has come up with a simple and ingenious device for helping the elderly hobble their way up stairs with as little chance of hip-breakage as possible. Dubbed the StairSteady, it's essentially a bar that one can hold onto as they walk up the stairs, moving up or down with… » 5/14/08 12:10pm 5/14/08 12:10pm

Disappearing Wall Stairs Should Be In Every Millionaire's Home

Aaron Tang's wall stairs are meant for living areas that are short on space, but they're so awesome that I'd want them even if I had 1,000,000 sq. ft. house. They work by having the frame of the stairs slide out from the wall, powered by hydraulic pistons, and having the stair planks fold over the frame one at a time.… » 10/24/07 7:04pm 10/24/07 7:04pm