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Custom Spiral Staircase

Just because you live in a fabulous Grade II listed watermill doesn’t mean that you can’t include your own interpretation of post-industrial design, and a little fun as well.

This particular commission was for award-winning interior designer Charlotte Findlater’s family home near Kirkby Lonsdale. To be more precise, the idea for this spiral staircase originated from Isabella, Charlotte’s nine-year-old daughter.

Lupton Mill has undergone significant re-development by Charlotte and husband Scott, with floors being raised and interior walls removed or relocated, all whilst retaining the original mill workings. For Isabella’s bedroom, the concept was to reflect her love of the ocean, beach-combing and collecting shells.

The bedroom is high in the roof of the mill, with the ceiling stretching up to the exposed trusses and mezzanine level. It was the staircase for this which Charlotte commissioned CN Metalworks to create.

Although it’s a very spacious bedroom, access through the old building was through relatively narrow corridors and stairs so the staircase had to be fabricated in sections which could then be assembled on-site.

Charlotte’s design is to echo the Warhol ‘tin can’ theme in the adjacent bathroom, with the holes in the side of the staircase frame representing air bubbles in water.

Working with Charlotte always presents interesting and very enjoyable challenges for CN Metalworks. She’s incredibly creative and always has the ability to conjure up the unexpected. As she states on her own website:

“Our ethos is to create and deliver the most stunning and inspirational designs, for discerning clients bringing to life elegant and timeless spaces.”

To find out more about Charlotte’s work and to make contact, visit