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FSB 1289 model wins 2023 German Design Award


The blueprint by designers Markus Michalski and Michael Schmidt is excitingly purist in a very new-age way and has been engineered to perfection. A collection as visually restrained as it is compellingly haptic has now been voted a “Winner” in the “Excellent Product Design – Building and Elements” category by the jury of international experts presiding over the 2023 German Design Awards. These constitute the premium international distinction obtainable from the German Design Council. Their objective: to discover, present and honour unique design trends.

The FSB 1289 product collection was born of a will to create an up-to-theminute design endowed with a degree of formal cohesion enabling it to be combined with the existing product portfolio whilst nevertheless being surprising in some ways. “We were intent on coming up with a design that is not loud and yet contains many points of fine detail that become apparent either upon closer inspection or when the handle is taken hold of and operated”, designer Markus Michalski explains. What you first see when beholding the handle is its lean, pared-down shape, but upon taking hold of it with your hand, it is found to be satisfyingly bulky at the back, a fact most conducive to ergonomic operation. The stylistic feat that makes Michalski and Schmidt’s handle so exciting is the way it succeeds in being restrained and eminently innovative in equal measure.

The mix of striking looks and clean lines that sets the FSB 1289 model apart has now also swayed the jury of experts presiding over the German Design Awards, who have voted it a “Winner” in the “Excellent Product Design – Building and Elements” category:

“The FSB 1289/1290 model is stunningly clean-lined with an array of fine formal detail that engenders pleasant haptic properties and interacts to lend the handle its very own distinctively timeless identity,” was how the jury formulated its decision.

Germany’s Design Council has served as a globally leading centre of expertise for communication and the transfer of knowledge in the spheres of design, brands and innovation since 1953. The German Design Awards launched in 2012 are the institution’s premium international distinction. Their objective: to discover, present and honour unique design trends. Top-notch entries from the worlds of product and communication design are singled out each year, all of them ground-breaking products from the international design scene.

The Winner’s accolade in the 2023 German Design Awards crowns a year crammed with prestigious awards garnered by Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH + Co KG for its products.

Crowning glory: here are the awards and honours that came FSB’s way in 2022
The FSB 1289 product range was only very recently honoured with the acclaimed GOOD DESIGN® Award 2022, presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The same FSB 1289 model was additionally voted “Best of Best” in the “Product – Building Technologies” category at the “Iconic Awards 2022: Innovative Architecture” event – as well as coming first in online voting for the “bdia ausgesucht!” award run by the Federation of German Interior Designers. The Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH + Co KG enterprise won the “Gold” prize in the “Hardware” category at the “Architects’ Darling” contest and was voted Supplier of the Year in the “Product Quality” category in the “Kleiner Gustav” competition run by Euro Baubeschlag Handel AG (EBH).

Lowdown on FSB
FSB is a global byword for door and window handles of supreme aesthetic and functional quality. Specialist expertise amassed over the past 140 years and more has additionally given rise to barrier-free fitment systems that make it easier to negotiate interior spaces. Architects and builders’ clients relish reaching out for products made in Germany as a matter of course in recognition of FSB’s great design expertise and profound understanding of the requirements of modern construction. Everything in any way associated with handle culture in built spaces is catered to from a single source

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Brakel GmbH + Co KG

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