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Staircases in Culture: Art

The next stage in our Staircases in Culture series focuses on staircases in art. Artists though the ages have had a rich history of including staircases as you may imagine. This article will focus on some of our favourite pieces including artworks of cultural significance.

 

M. C. Escher

The creations of Maurits Cornelis Escher (17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972) are still widely enjoyed and never fail to fascinate and enthral. Despite having created a great number of lithographs, engravings, drawings and sketches, it is perhaps his experimentations with architecture, perspective and impossible spaces for which many of remember him. Learn more here.

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Staircases in Culture: Music

Staircases have been around in one form or another for thousands of years and have become an integral part of our culture. In this article as part of our ‘Staircases in Culture’ series, we look at staircases in music – and we promise that at no point will we reference the pop group Steps!

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The id Range

We offer a range of traditional and contemporary spindles. The id spindles concept comprises a range of ground breaking and imaginative spindles which will transform your staircase into a modern masterpiece full of character. Meticulous design has created eye catching shapes which look striking from every angle because of their multifaceted form.

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Introducing our ‘Staircases in Culture’ season

Following our ‘Stair in Disbelief’ articles exploring some of the most vibrant staircases from about the world we are now looking forward to our ‘Staircases in Culture’ season. Throughout the coming weeks and months we will be publishing a series of articles on our news page exploring how staircases have permeated all aspects of our everyday lives and the arts. It promises to be a fascinating journey through both classic and popular culture so be sure you visit regularly for some riveting reading!

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The Virtual Staircase at Smart Furnishings

A virtual staircase? That’s right! Our friends at Smart Furnishings in Stockton Heath, Warrington have had a few mentions on our blog in the past and today they get another. We’ve all seen virtual streets on Google Streetview but how you can take a virtual tour of the Smart Furnishings store and explore their Abbott-Wade staircase (almost) firsthand! Use the link below and follow the store straight ahead and you’ll find their oak and glass staircase on your left. Take the short trip up the stairs and you’ll also find their Abbott-Wade access ramp with immaculate glass spindles set into a solid oak handrail supported by oak newel posts.

Click here to take the tour

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How to renovate your home on a budget

Can you renovate your home on a budget? The answer, if you’re patient and prudent – is yes!

A customer recently told us her story about her budget home renovation project which has seen her home virtually reconstructed from top to bottom and furnished to the highest standards. The 3 storey central glass and oak staircase was installed by Abbott-Wade as part of her policy of using smaller, local businesses; an ideology which had always served her well in the past.

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St Joseph’s Day

St Jospephs dayMarch 19th marks St Joseph’s Day which is significant to us as Joseph (husband of Mary and step father to Jesus) is the Patron Saint of Carpenters.

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Avoid Rogue Traders: Choosing the Right Company

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If you’re thinking of renovating or replacing your staircase, you’re choosing to make a big investment in your home so it’s important to make sure you choose the best company for the job. Many homeowners are wary of ‘cowboy builders’, but as these cowboys don’t wear 10 gallon hats and ride in on a horse – so how to you spot them?

Our guide isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ model, but it’ll help to give you an idea. Some legitimate smaller companies may not have the same resources as others – but if you see too many red flags – walk away…

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15mm Frameless Glass

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15mm Frameless Glass Balustrades: The beauty of designing a bespoke staircase is that every staircase is unique. Each customer a new individual with their own specifications, every challenge fresh and every setting with its own special requirements. What’s more, there are so many combinations you can opt for. With a range of hardwoods, special stains or paints, a wide variety of spindles and different styles of toughened glass to be embedded into the balustrade rails or fitted securely with different styles of bracket. Even the newel posts can be custom fluted or chamfered or even especially CNCed to complete a quarter turn to give a truly unique twist.

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