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Bisca introduces its bespoke staircases to the Middle East.

Helping to transform interiors by using the staircase as a central design feature, Bisca, a bespoke staircase design company based in the UK renowned for its use of glass and steel, has recently expanded its client base to the Middle East region.

"People have historically spent a fortune on their kitchens and bathrooms, rooms that are often out of view and only have a lifespan of around ten years. Staircases are another matter altogether. This is an area of design that has been neglected in the last fifty years but is now gaining importance," said Richard McClane, co-director of specialists at Bisca.

"Today's interiors are often open plan, light-filled spaces where the staircase can make or break the overall design. A lightweight, transparent structure in glass, for example, suits this type of interior as it continues the open feel and doesn't take away natural light, "he added.

Due to this, Bisca's decision to branch out, and deliver its expertise to the regions ever developing design scene, brought great potential as well as a few design challenges.

"The scope for designing really stunning staircases in the Middle East are actually more challenging, and exciting as building proportions are so much greater," said McClane.

"In the UK room heights are seldom more than 2.7 metres, in the Middle East they are up to four metres. As far as width goes, too, in the UK we are usually restricted to designing staircases between 800-900mm - rarely over 1 meter wide. Also, in the Middle East the width of a stair can be over 1.5 meters - providing amazing potential for us to design something exclusive and stunning for those in the region,"he added.

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