The first modern English architect, Sir John Soane was one of the most influential and original of all English architects. Working in London in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, he produced designs for both private residences and institutions, most notably The Bank of England and elements of the Prime Minister's residence in Downing Street.
Soane's work was characterized by the simplification and stylisation of classical form and detail. He produced designs of quite extraordinary modernity which even today serve as an inspiration to contemporary architects. Soane's unique ability to combine classicism and modernity it seen no better than in his designs for mantelpieces. The simplicity and refinement of detail that he uses will suit both contemporary and traditional interiors alike.
Soane's greatest legacy was the museum he created at Lincoln's Inn Fields in London, which houses innumerable classical artefacts, drawings and works of art and is considered by many to be the finest historic "house" museum in the world.