Milan-based product designer Alessandra Galli has designed Enne, a light-duty ladder that practically disappears when folded up.
If it's not obvious from the cut-outs in one of the rails, it's made with a minimum amount of materials. "As for the manufacturing process," Galli writes, "the steps were [cut out] from one of the two side pillars, thus optimizing the material and allowing the object to close completely on itself."
While I wouldn't want to climb it with heavy items or tools, it would certainly be convenient for occasional use in a space-tight environment.
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Well forget the aluminum era, this ladder was in the Jefferson Library, see Roy Underhill handling it around 2:34 here:
Is satisfactory to see that really old good ideas are hard to die. I've seen the same ladder design made with extruded aluminium used by pole technicians and being stored into one of those tubes on the sides of the truck. - previous to that they where made with channeled wood -sides- with a metal flat bar -steps- that folded within those channels.
Elephant ladders are awesome! I found one at a mentor’s woodshop and he told me they would strap them to the sides of the elephant for easy access, I always thought it would be a great option for tiny home loft access 😍