As shown in an earlier post about light switches, it’s the little things in life that can make all the difference.
A short history of door handles – Apollo Magazine
We have all become suddenly more aware of the moments when we cannot avoid touching elements of public buildings. Architecture is the most physical, most imposing and most present of the arts – you cannot avoid it yet, strangely, we touch buildings at only a very few points – the handrail, perhaps a light switch and, almost unavoidably, the door handle. This modest piece of handheld architecture is our critical interface with the structure and the material of the building. Yet it is often reduced to the most generic, cheaply made piece of bent metal which is, in its way, a potent critique of the value we place on architecture and our acceptance of its reduction to a commodified envelope rather than an expression of culture and craft.
At least someone’s making an effort.
Sekhina designs minimal concrete light switches and plug sockets – Dezeen
Hungarian design brand Sekhina has made a series of light switches and plug sockets from concrete as an aesthetically pleasing alternative to plastic. Billed as the first of their kind, Sekhina founder Gábor Kasza made the concrete covers for switches and sockets after not being able to find any similar products made from the material.
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I was so glad to find your blog, and I have been reading through many of your back posts.
This one completely intrigued me for a completely un-intriguing reason: I have that damn degenerative arthritis thing in my hand, and my thumb joint is shot, and so I really appreciate door handles that work like levers instead of like balls that need to be turned.
I also have always thought those were the most beautiful.
My 80-year-old mother, who recently bought a brand new house in a planned community, bemoans the fact that all the door knobs are lever handles, and has started replacing them with glass ball knobs. But she got the lucky genetics and I did not. I love the levers. 😉
I also really like your profile photo and the way that you have manipulated part of it. You remind me a little bit of my old landlord, movie director Alan Moyle. Although you are definitely younger.
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Thanks for your kind words, Dianne. Arthritis sounds horrible, but it’s good to hear that certain things can sometimes help. I’m sure there are many issues out there that can be helped by people believing in the worth of good design. And I’ll have to check out Alan Moyle!