The concept of the Ri Shi handle, solar eclipse in Chinese, finds its roots in the idea to create a correlation between the form of the handle and the new soft rebound mechanism, making that relationship clear and evident. Movement, Curiosity, Colour, Surprise, Silence, Anticipation; all words that describe an eclipse. When opening the door, the handle tilts downward, gliding with an off-centre rotating motion, rapidly unveiling a different material, a colour, a surprise. The geometry changes; the aesthetic changes. Releasing the handle, there is the eclipse, silent and slow.
The fins of aquatic mammals and their beautiful, sculptural shapes were the inspiration behind this handle design. We wanted each door opening experience to be extra special and worked to create a handle that is minimal, ergonomic and memorable. The thumb turn of the lock component was designed with the same inspiration in mind, resulting in a harmonious composition.
When designing the handle we wished to make it as simple as possible, in harmony with the architecture we have been developing for the past decades. Our main goal is always clean shapes and elegant spaces, a balance between beauty and function. Kandinsky’s studies “Point and Line to Plane” guided our design choices.
I wanted a handle that would communicate a sense of warmth, generosity and playfulness, emotions a person would want to carry with her when entering or leaving her home. There is something about pebble stones that makes them so enticing to hold in your hand. It might be linked to childhood memories of skipping rocks and playing in streams or the fact that they have no sharp corners, just endless soft curves. Apart from the emotional qualities of the handle, great effort has been placed on the right surface finish and ergonomics.
A handle that is both ’soft’ and ’strict’ at the same time. A hybrid between a generic handle and a handle with a design feature. Seen from the front it is a normal handle. But viewed from a higher angle, the surprising design of the Soft handle becomes apparent. The thicker proportion in the design of ‘Soft’ is a result of careful ergonomic research of the hand and its grip. The ‘Soft’ handle sits exceptionally well in the hand. However, it also lends ‘Soft’ an undeniable aesthetic quality and an iconic appearance. Our ambition is for this architectural fitting to work equally well within normal, modernist, futuristic as well as classic architecture. As an additional complement to the collection, we have also developed a soft, squarish knob along the same principles.
Tak, which means “grip” in Norwegian, is a door handle designed to be present yet unobtrusive. Designed to balance a graphic appearance that becomes a part of any room and an undulating sculpted front panel formed to welcome the palm and thumb in a memorable handshake.
As its name suggests, this door handle has the cross-section of the bean. This shape suits perfectly the grip of the hand. Being gentle and rounded, it is very comfortable to use. It has both a soft and sharp look: from the front, the handle looks very neutral and adaptable to any environment. From the side, it reveals its true character and identity.
While I was walking through Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm I discovered a small hut and was surprised by the door handle that was attached to it. It was a very simple thing, made by bending a metal rod and crushing it flat with a hammer, but it was very beautiful.
Based on that experience and inspiration, I made a prototype by flattening a steel rod with a hammer in my studio, slowly giving it form, little by little.
A minimalist, classic and versatile design with focus on durability. The design, composed by a soft, rounded back, front and ends, meets the hand of the user in a natural way. It is slightly tapered from one end to the other, taking advantage of where the structure needs to be strong and gives it direction. The transitions between the different elements are smooth and organic yet tight and with intent, like on a Danish 50s cabinetmakers chair, the lines and curves create tension and balance in one.