Float away

Thomas Capezzone with Mark Burns of Chesney’s.

Having worked with established designers in Jane Churchill, Jasper Conran and Kelly Hoppen, Chesney’s also strongly believes in fostering new talent. Every year the stonemasonary, stove and fireplace expert, Chesney’s holds a competition for the students of the KLC School of Design. This year the company invited KLC’s BA students to design a cantilever staircase. The winning entry was designed by Thomas Capezzone, a 22-year old graduate from London who splits his time between London and the French Alps. Thomas says, “I had this idea to create a ‘floating’ staircase suitable for a grand entrance hall. However, to begin with I wasn’t sure how to achieve this design with traditional staircase construction. Following some extensive research into new techniques using the composition of stone and best practice utilising the weight in the staircase structure itself, I was able to create a design that would be feasible to build. The result, I hope, looks like a floating piece of art.”