Barney’s New York Grand Staircase

Architect: Yabu Pushelberg

Photos: ©Trel Brock, 2011

Working in collaboration with architect Yabu Pushelberg, Joe Jaroff designed this elegant staircase for Barney’s Madison Avenue location to evoke both the gentle cascade of a waterfall and the sexy curve of a woman’s foot. Guests on the ground floor are drawn in by a custom glass railing that encircles the perimeter of the balcony. From there, the limestone-infused black basalt stairs spill downward, imitating stream-smoothed rocks, and flow alongside stainless steel brackets. The glass staircase serves as an invitation and enticement towards beauty and decadence, creating a flowing pathway between the remodeled main entrance and the establishment’s lower-level haven for cosmetics. The elliptical shape ensures that visitors will simultaneously experience the unfolding of the staircase and the luxury brands on display as they descend to the sales floor below. The completed structure, which debuted at the end of the summer of 2012, is part of the renewed energy being injected into the Barney’s brand.