Spiral Stairs by Villa d’Or

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Le Banc Ideal - by Claude Monet

Le Banc Ideal is the park or garden bench of French impressionist painter Claude Monet. The bench still takes a central place in his garden in Giverny, France, where he acquired a property in 1890 and built a new studio and embellished the garden. The garden can still be visited nowadays, where the bench invites to enjoy the garden.

Monet settled in Giverny in 1883. He transformed an abandoned domaine into a floral masterpiece, to be the inspiration for many of his greatest works of art. Monet was not only a painter of his own garden but also an artist whose painting trips took him away for lengthy periods of time. Claude Monet was keen to give a name to his bench calling it 'Le Banc Ideal' (the ideal bench), clearly marked on both sides of the bench.

Le Banc Ideal dates from the early beginning of the 20th century and is a highlight of the Art Nouveau / Jugendstil period. This recognizable and functional garden ornament is available for those who want to embellish their garden with an unique piece, full of history and character.


The height

The client can determine the height of the staircase by multiplying the number of treads. The height of a stair is 19.5cm.

The width (diameter)

The diameter is (set at) 108cm. The staircase turns around an axis of which 12 treads make a full (360 degrees) turn.

The landing

The landing is the last tread, the exit of the staircase, connecting the staircase to the upper floor. Three shapes are standard available: 1/6 round, straight corner and triangular. If needed, a bespoke landing can be made.

The weight

The staircase weighs about 20kg per tread, all elements included.

The finishing

The staircase is delivered in raw loose parts without finish. It is up to the client to choose the desired finish: either to keep the raw appearance of the metal, to wax or to paint. A (metal) wax or matt paint (anthracite grey or black) can be ordered and delivered with.

The balustrade

To make a balustrade (to secure the stairwell) there are additional balusters available. Calculate the number of balusters you need depending on the distance you want to keep between the balusters.


  • Art objet of the Victorean era (around 1900)
  • Sober and rich atmosphere and fits almost any interior
  • Space winning compared to straight staircases
  • Additional balusters available to make a railing/balustrade
  • Adds value to the building
  • Easy assembly (assembly instructions are delivered with)
  • Can be used indoors as well as outdoors

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