Sharing a passion for design, innovation and rare and beautiful materials, founding partners Andrew Corrie, Alistair McCowan and Mat Snelling formed Ancient and Modern
Ancient and Modern is the world’s leading bespoke designer and manufacturer of stone stairways. Cutting-edge engineering combines with exceptional stone masonry to create elegant sculptural structures that transform every environment. Established in London in 1983, the specialist team at Ancient and Modern incorporates designers, stone procurement specialists, chartered engineers and master stonemasons. The firm’s reputation was founded on striking, architectural pieces featuring intricate carving and faithful historic interpretations of items such as mantles. The specialist stairways division was established in 2008 and draws on over 70 years of collective experience and expert knowledge.
The very finest raw materials including highest grade Italian marble, French limestone and English Portland stone combine with glass, wood and metal work in flawless, high functioning designs. The synergy between traditional techniques and cutting-edge architectonics results in harmonious, sympathetic designs. Each and every Ancient and Modern stairway is unique and made to commission in close consultation with the clients and their design teams. Work spans galleries, museums, institutions, hotels, businesses and private residences.
The team includes designers, stone procurement specialists, chartered engineers and master stonemasons – together with the longest history in the industry, we can assure you we are capable of building the exceptional.
Our design team has experience in every form of staircase configuration: whether classical cantilevered or cutting edge post tension floating staircases, we have had the widest experience in the category in the industry. We also have wide experience designing facades, floors and many other architectural products. We also have strong capabilities in handrails and balustrades
We have chartered and other engineers on staff ready to test and prove our designs and ensure the concepts can become reality. We also have close relationships with the best structural engineering firms in the world who will work with our engineers and your architect to ensure the perfect product. The team has collective experience of over 70 years working exclusively in the stone industry, our knowledge of the product and our contacts at the best quarries are second to none.