An annual exhibition, Wallpaper* Handmade celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year under the theme of Love, pairing creatives and up-and- coming designers with some of the most well-known makers and manufactures in the market.
Anarchitect teamed up with artisinal leatherwork brand OTZI London to create a trio of sensual door handles, exhibiting alongside designs by Paul Smith, Hayon Studio, Bang & Olufsen, Fritz Hansen, and Smythson.
"It challenged us to translate our passion for contextual modernism and tactile materiality into evocative product design. We chose to create a triptych of door handles - many architect's obsession - and turned them into an artistic expression of our most precious commodity: privacy. The designs evoke intimacy, love, and excitement and the moments we hold most precious hidden behind closed doors," said Jonathan Ashmore, founder and principal at Anarchitect.
The triptych includes the 'Love Handle' lever, pull-handle, and knob, each one presenting different functions and a set of materials such as stainless steel and leather.
The lever is shaped to the contours of a grapsing hand, with the curvature of the forged stainless steel receieving the pressure of the thumb. The index and middle finger wrap the visceral leather, drawing the rest of the hand over the handle.
The pull-handle is separated in open position, while in closed position seemingly appears as a single piece. Engineered from forged stainless steel, the handles purposely conceal the joint line between two doors to highlight the handles' aligned relationship to one another. Leather coachwork that is ergonomic in form "allures" the hand to the top or bottom of the pieces to grip the 'Love Handles'. One would then exert a gentle pull-force through either hand to open the corresponding door leaf to which the handles are connected.
"Whether the hand grasp is from above, either-side or from below, the ‘Love Handle’ knob reciprocates the human touch as the leather absorbs the applied pressure and creates an intimate bond," a release by the practice said. It also features a circular rose at the end of the door knob, complete with a mirror-polish finish.
Commercial Interior Design has created a list of other Middle East-based designers who are launching new collections and installations during this year's Milan Design Week, such as Dubai-based designer Pallavi Dean and Artemide's new flexible lighting.