Everyone seems to sit on the stairs at parties -- so why not embrace the fact with your furniture? That's exactly what Canadian designer Geof Ramsay has done with his Steps bench.
Ramsay's clearly been to many a house party, where he's noticed people gravitate towards the stairs to take a seat. He explained to Dezeen:
"For as long as the staircase has been used, it has also been a form of seating. The raised right angle of the step lends itself to form a natural seat-like structure... By re-conceptualizing objects that were originally designed for one purpose, we find alternate or multiple uses."
Indeed, that's exactly what he's done here. His three-tiered Steps bench is constructed from maple plywood boards. It features deep treads and short risers, making it, y'know, actually practical, and a seat back slots into a groove of the second tread to turn it into a proper place to lean back. Unlike most sets of stairs, the bench also comes with upholstered cushions.