In the 19th century, the grand curved staircase was at its peak of craftsmanship, often serving as the focal point of the era's most notable architectural gems.
Classical staircases featured impressive structural details such as hidden dovetail joints, and mortise and tenon joinery. Newel posts displayed hand-cut inlay and intricate carvings. Hardwoods were selected for their beauty and longevity. Many staircases became even more beautiful with age, such as the Loretto Chapel Staircase in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which attracts visitors from around the world for both its storied past and exemplary craftsmanship.
In recent centuries, despite the invention of power tools and design software, craftsmanship in American stair building has, sadly, been in decline. With the advent of mass-produced parts, and carpenters hired to build staircases on site with nail guns and framing-grade lumber, stair building has threatened to become a lost art. The emphasis has shifted from quality to quantity; from asking the master builder to take the time needed to produce superior work to demanding a carpenter get the job done fast, in order to move on to the next construction site.
The new generation of art in stairs.
Our approach to staircase design is different. As master stair builders dedicated to craftsmanship, we don't take shortcuts. As contemporary designers rooted in centuries-old stair building technique, we incorporate the best of the past with a fresh vision of what's possible today.
Our award-winning staircases are modern and traditional, contemporary and classic. Our stairs and railings incorporate wood, glass, metal and stone.
Although we have classical roots, we like to think of our stair design style as jazz : Classically trained and thoroughly schooled in technique, yet rich in new ideas, creative exploration and modern innovation.