They say good design is that which goes unnoticed. In our practice, it is often the details that look effortless that actually take the most labor to perfect. When finishing the underside of stairs in a townhouse, the starting point leaves much to the imagination. Working with skilled carpenters, we can shape and carve stairs into a sculptural form that looks natural after it is done. In reality, this takes many days of finessing to get the curves exactly right in order to achieve a result that feels cohesive over several stair runs. See these process photos that show the evolution of two stair transitions as they take shape.