The jury have made their decisons for the Colombo Design Competition, Hands on Handles. Sadly, my proposal did not make the cut. Take a look at the winning entries and shortlist here.
Below is my entry.
I have tried to create an inclusive, elegant handle, which carries a flexibility in finishes which lends itself to introducing the user to what is behind the door, before it opens.
Using a uniform palate of colours and shape, the material of the handle relates to what the door opens up to.
I have suggested 5 main door handle materials one might associate with specific rooms.
Corian – Kitchen
Leather – Library/Study
Ceramic – Bathroom/WC
Timber – Living Spaces/Bedrooms
Stone – Garden/Terrace Space
Wrought Iron – Attic/Utilitarian Space
The tactile quality of the handles allows the user to “see” the room behind the door, through their fingertips, thus creating an inclusive design. Blind and seeing users are intended to experience a similar sensation. If someone is new to a home with these handles, they will be better able to navigate the rooms, whether they can see or not.
It is intended that the fixture on the mirrored side of the door is the same fitting, but the handle of the material may be changed if the room is different on the other side of the door.
Stylistically I have taken inspiration from Art Deco jewelry. I wished to express the individual elements and materials as much as possible, and celebrate the materials in their own right.