The 'handshake of building'
A manufactured product which maintains through its conception, through its material, through its design, through its finish, a thread to its beginnings in the archaic heat of production.
We offer bespoke design and production, the customization of individual items or products from our constantly expanding and changing ranges. We work with some of the finest international names in design and architecture. We have handles designed by Eric Parry, Kenneth Grange CBE, Sergison Bates, Zaha Hadid, Mark Pimlott and Terence Woodgate.
‘The door handle,’ wrote Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, ‘is the handshake of a building’. He pinpoints an anthropomorphism which is embodied in this most intimately held of architectural elements.
It gives away the feel of the building, the character of the architecture. In its touch we communicate with the structure. Modernism, in its search for architecture as gesamtkunstwerk, as total work of art, has witnessed a torrent of designs from virtually every great designer. From Walter Gropius to Alvar Aalto, from Adolf Loos to Álvaro Siza, each generation has sought to reinterpret the handle in reflection of its own aesthetics, its own rigour.
From the minimal to the organic, the expressionist to the industrial, we try to accommodate the most compelling ideas in the development of the modern handle, so that each phase in its history is available as a snapshot of a cultural moment and then to facilitate a constant reinterpretation of the values and ideas.