As these door knobs and levers from the likes of Buster + Punch, Emtek, Valli&Valli and others show, an attention-grabbing detail can completely make a room.
In a direct response to the global pandemic, Italian brand Manital has developed a hands-free solution intended for such high-traffic public spaces as hotels, restaurants and healthcare settings. A collaboration with architects Mario Mazzer and Giovanni Crosera, the cylindrical NoHand lever features a unique upward curve that allows for the opening of doors using the elbow and forearm, completely negating the need to grasp it with the palm and protecting the hand from contamination. Made from 304 stainless steel, the clean-lined design is available in a range of finishes, including satin, polished and powder-coated white or black.
Designing everything from lighting and furniture to pet accessories and custom motorcycles, London-based Buster + Punch is known for its a decidedly edgy yet elegant aesthetic. The most recent offering to its hardware portfolio is no exception. Made from a solid metal bar – either brass, stainless steel or black anodized aluminum – which is refined by hand, the Door Knob collection features the label’s signature diamond-cut cross-knurl detailing, translated here into an exceptionally tactile grip. The versatile series works with both thumb turn bolts and outside coin release fittings, can be configured as a turning or fixed knob and is available in a set or a single knob.
The idea of deconstructing a conventional doorknob to reveal its internal mechanism led to the realization of the Spoke Knob by Emtek. Minimal and sophisticated, the hollow ring design is interrupted by a singular rung, attaching it to the central rod and providing an understated and slightly unexpected detail. Intended for modern interiors, with its pared-back look Spoke will add a refined element in more rustic or traditional settings as well. Available in September, the pieces are offered in a range of finishes, including satin brass, oil-rubbed bronze, polished nickel, satin nickel, flat black, polished chrome and unlacquered brass.
Made from 100 per cent copper, this new lever from Valli&Valli evolved in response to the need for antimicrobial touch surfaces in busy environments like hotels and healthcare settings, though the natural warmth of the material makes for an attractive addition in private residences as well. Proven to reduce microbial contamination and to effectively help prevent the spread of pathogens, copper can also be endlessly recycled without losing its beneficial properties over time. The lever is available in two finishes – polished and satin.
Defined by unfussy lines and gently rounded edges, the Club series of levers and pulls makes a graceful complement to contemporary interiors. The versatile collection from Designer Doorware can be used on both internal and external doors and its sleek silhouette can be enhanced by a number of back-plate options, including Euro narrow and round, oval, square or rectangular roses. A wide range of finishes are available, from powder-coated colours to metallics in satin, weathered, antiqued, polished and oil-rubbed expressions.
From hands-free solutions and antimicrobial materials to the purely decorative, these five door handle sets make for grand entrances.