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I'm sorry, but I was not satisfied with "hollow" and a linguist friend of mine provided a pleasing solution. I was only looking for a translation of "creux" here. Thank you anyway for your contributions.
I totally accept that and was very much in two minds about stairwell as a possibility. Only put it in because @Asker seemed to be looking for 'a particular word',... To be honest, stairwell didn't feel right, but, also, all the spiral staircases I have seen have been tightly spiralled with no room for anything in their midst, which is why I threw stairwell in as a thought. As @Tony M said, a picture would help and, if there is a 'hollow' big enough to fit said table, his answer seems spot on to me.
No, "stairwell" would be wrong for two reasons:
1. A stairwell is a walled enclosure containing a staircase, not a hollow within a staircase;
2. A "stairwell" is a vertical space spanning two or more storeys and this table is, presumably, standing on a floor and is of normal table height. A table can be located in a stairwell but, as that implies height rather than enclosure by the staircase itself, "se lover" doesn't really fit well with that idea.
I quote from the link:
"il peut être à noyau creux, c'est-à-dire qu'il ne repose pas sur un pilier central mais laisse apparaître un jour en son centre"...
Linguee describes 'noyau creux' as a hollow core, but I found no context of 'stairs', but I don't know your wider context.
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se love dans le creux d’un escalier à colimaçon
nestles in the hollow of a spiral staircase
Explanation: Seems pretty clear this must be the kind of spiral staircase the runs round the walls of a (probably circular) stairwell, and this round table is fitted into the otherwise fairly 'dead' space in the centre at the bottom.
I'm sure it would help to visualize this if you could find a pictrure of the actual place...
Tony M France Local time: 09:29 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 128