Stone has long been regarded as one of the strongest and most beautiful natural building materials in the world, and many varieties are especially prized for their attractive colouration and texture. Despite being a relatively heavy material, it lends itself perfectly to the carefully planned and elegant staircase designs created by Ian Knapper. The use of stone conveys majesty and gravity-defying beauty like no other material can.
Creating bespoke stone stairs requires an in depth understanding of the way stone behaves, an understanding that Ian Knapper has developed over almost three decades of working with various types of stone. This knowledge allows us to work with the natural character of the stone to create designer staircases which are truly timeless, and enhance your interiors beautifully.
A pre-eminent stone staircase designer, Ian Knapper is a rare breed – but his dedication to the craft of stonemasonry is only part of the story. In the true sense of ‘learning the trade’, Ian’s apprenticeship started with a hammer and chisel and a piece of Portland stone. It was Bath College and the year was 1990. Along with developing stonemasonry theory, geometry, practical drawing and template making, Ian’s creative skills were starting to be honed. Few people knew at that time that this modest stonemason was starting to carve out an award-winning career. The passion and the expectation were building.
Fast forward to today. Ian’s unassuming modesty has not changed but his passion for design excellence and originality has grown beyond measure. This passion for interior design and designer staircases has resulted in an uncanny ability to create the most stunning and desirable works of art in stone imaginable.
Ian has experience working with some of the most prestigious heritage properties and period staircases in the UK. More recently, we are typically tasked with creating bespoke contemporary staircases in natural stone. Real stone stairs have an air of magnificence that you simply cannot achieve with other materials such as wood, and can be shaped and honed in a huge variety of styles and finishes to stunning effect.
This gives you almost limitless options to create a solid stone staircase that is completely unique and completely ‘you’. Working with you pragmatically at every stage from planning, design, 3D modelling, stone choice and production, installation and customer care we ensure that all elements are considered when creating your bespoke staircase design.
To create our designer staircases, inspiration is drawn from a combination of age-old construction techniques and modern day engineering methods carefully balanced to produce real stone staircases in both period and modern styles. This passion, commitment and appreciation for modern and traditional masonry has seen Ian Knapper pioneer designs and groundbreaking stonemasonry techniques which were previously thought impossible to achieve, including a magnificent floating central staircase.
Over the course of Ian’s career as a staircase designer, he has perfected a variety of spiral, cantilever and curved staircases.
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Please feel free to browse our gallery and view some of the bespoke designs of stone stairs that we have designed and created over the years for our clients in the UK.
If you have any questions about what is possible to achieve with natural stone or would like to talk to us about your requirements, please do get in touch by calling us on 01538 733 722 or via our contact form for a fast response. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are waiting to hear from you and are more than happy to discuss your ideas.