Staircase Wit

15 Oct 2020

Will and Greg describe how their backgrounds in collaborative crafts influence their staircase design

Words by Greg Lomas

Photos by Edmund Sumner

Originally published in AJ Specification

Craft and collaboration

Our interest in craft and collaboration goes back to our respective roots. We both had a rural upbringing surrounded by makers ranging from blacksmithing and metalwork to potters, weavers and wood turners. As a result, making and collaborating is the essence of our design ethos and from the conception or our practice, we’ve developed a synergy with other fabrications.

On our first realised commission, Thomas House (2004), we collaborated with former mentor, blacksmith and artisan metalworker Jim Horrobin of Doverhay Forge Studios, to create a textured steel monoslab fireplace. We were interested in making a legacy and creating designs with longevity. The house’s fireslab was a sculptural piece of furniture, integrated within the architecture and a product of craft with an inherent richness and vitality embedded by the hands that made it.

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