Stone has always been regarded as one of the strongest and most beautiful building materials and is perfect for creating elegant staircase designs. Although stone staircases may be considered heavy, through carefully crafted design they can convey majesty and gravity-defying beauty.
Working with the natural characteristics of solid stone — not against them — Ian Knapper creates stone staircase designs which are truly bespoke, timeless and enhance their surroundings; effects unmatched by any other material. Ian Knapper has been working as a staircase designer with stone for more than 25 years to craft stunning staircases of all kinds.
A pre-eminent stone staircase designer, Ian Knapper is a rare breed. His dedication to the art and 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 with stone has resulted in a capability to create the most stunning and desirable works of art in stone imaginable.
Ian has worked on some of the most prestigious heritage properties and period staircases in the UK, however more recently, we are typically tasked with creating creating modern, contemporary staircases from natural stone. For an extra sense of elegance, we can craft stone curved staircases in a number of different styles – all to stunning effect. 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 designing your staircase.
Ian Knapper’s stone staircase designs are inspired by combining century old construction techniques with modern engineering, carefully balanced to create designs for both period and modern stairs. This passion, commitment and appreciation of traditional and modern masonry has seen Ian Knapper pioneer designs that would historically have been impossible through ordinary methods.
If you have any questions about the possibilities with natural stone staircases or are unsure about your requirements, please get in touch via our contact form for a fast response. Our friendly team of stone staircase experts are waiting to hear from you; so feel free to call 01538 733 722 for a no obligation chat.