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The company offers more than 50 different models of staircases.
Some appear to float. Others spiral upward. They can be made
of glass, steel, wood, stone or bronze. While most designs have
a pre-engineered concept, they are all modified to the individual
customer's home or business space.
"These are not mass-produced products," Marzi says. "Every
staircase is custom-made and tailored exactly for the project. We
are a big company but we are known for our artisan spirit."
Marretti Stairs is not bashful about tooting its own horn when it
comes to dedication to quality and craftsmanship. "We are a niche
product," Marzi says. "I think our company is unique because of the
quality of our products. Our quality is better. We are known for it.
Our clients expect it."
Combining technology with imagination, Marretti Stairs has
engineered some truly unique designs. Once, it received a request
for a staircase in the shape of a helix - and it had to be made out of
glass. The twisted, spiral-like shape needed to curve in a three-dimensional space.
The staircase was completely tailor-made, including everything
from the diameter to the depth of the steps to the size of the riser. "Do you have any idea how difficult it is to bend glass like that?"
Marzi says. "Not everyone can do it. But curved staircases equal
money. Lots of money."
Though not all of Marretti Stairs' designs are as elaborate as
the glass helix staircase, the company continually strives to come
up with new and unique concepts. It launches a new staircase line
annually. Its three most recent lines are the Origami, Concorde
Each section of the staircase's riser and tread are bolted together
with the heads of the bolts exposed as part of the overall aesthetic.
Though it's made of wood, it can be stained or coated with a
travertine marble type of resin that is available in a multitude of
colors. "That's one of our most popular staircases for homes," Marzi says. "We can make it in any color and match any wood stain.
Let's say you have an oak floor - give us a sample of your oak floor
and we will adapt the staircase to it."
Though the staircase is popular in homes, it has its fans in the
commercial and retail arena as well, she adds. In 2016, the Concorde received a special mention in the building products and access category at the Architizer A+ Awards.
When it comes to lighting up the room, Marretti's Compon is the
staircases of choice. The staircase can be supplied with a closing
between the steps that encloses lights. This creates an illuminating glow. "Our customers can't get enough of this staircase," Marzi
says. "They just love it."
For those that don't want the glow, the enclosing can be made of
stainless steel inserts. A modular staircase, the Compon is made of
teak-colored solid oak and comes with an optional banister made
of stainless steel with no welds but with mechanical fastenings or
Its steps are veneered in wood that can be supplied in various
types including beech, oak, doussie, wenge, teak and iroko. A
choice of several finishes is available. They include oil, bleached
and polyurethane varnishes.
But the stairs can also be made from glass, resin, steel, stone or
marble. The staircase has a patented wall fastening system that fea-
The Origami model, named after the Japanese art of folding paper
into decorative shapes and figures, is a cantilever staircase made
from Cor-Ten steel. It is a pure example of minimalist design with
an ultrathin thickness of only eight millimeters. Its banisters can be
selected from any of the company's models.
"The Origami staircases are very popular inside homes, but they
can be for both interior and exterior use," Marzi says. "It's for people who are looking for a more industrial look."
The Origami line has won a number of international awards
for best design. In 2015, it won the Architizer A+ Award, the
largest awards program that celebrates the world's best architecture and products.
WORK OF ART
Another one of Marretti's award-winning staircases is the Concorde. A truly distinctive design, it resembles the spine of a dinosaur. It cantilevers its treads out from both sides of its self-supporting spine, branching out into an image of a gigantic spinal cord.
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The company offers anything from cost-efficient, simple designs to elaborate
concepts that take months to engineer.