Architects and designers get hands-on:

New FSB handle collections

FSB 1285
Design: Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez

FSB 1271
Design: Jürgen Engel

It is with delightful regularity that selected architects and designers create their own ideal notion of a door handle for FSB. This is the source of many a noted FSB handle collection, handles that constitute “architecture in miniature” in the best possible way and reflect the design approach of their authors in both shape and application.

How lever handles have evolved is a philosophy in its own right. And that’s no mere eastern Westphalian truism. The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein applied his mind to the ideal handle long ago, too.

In the 1920s, Wittgenstein took a break from philosophising to plan Palais Wittgenstein in Vienna, his sister’s home. The narrow steel stiles incorporated into the door (these days we would call the resultant assembly a “frame door”) posed considerable challenges for our intrepid thinker.

So as to be able to secure the hardware firmly to the narrow stiles whilst preventing any injury being caused to the hand on the slamming face, Ludwig Wittgenstein had a cranked lever handle made to his own drawings which he combined with a non-cranked female handle on the reverse. This ingenious combination saw this philosopher of language become the first person to provide convincing answers to the risk of hands getting caught as well as to fastening problems that are still an issue today.

Cranking reassessed

Wittgenstein’s brainwave continues to define how new handle collections are designed at FSB. A perfectly matching frame-door lever handle will in the best of circumstances be the crowning glory of any heavy-duty range of hardware. This is certainly the case with the new models FSB 1271 by Jürgen Engel and FSB 1285 by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez. These architects and designers have, in collaboration with FSB, re-interpreted and aesthetically enhanced the styling of cranked frame-door handles.

The cranking in FSB 1271 and FSB 1285 is confined to a slight adjustment of the transition radius between the handle’s neck and grip. The basic design of the standard lever-handle range is thus systematically extended to frame doors – whilst simultaneously having account to the specific requirements and standards governing narrow door stiles.

FSB 1271 and FSB 1285 will be available as of the 2nd quarter of 2020.

New handle collections at a glance

FSB 1271: Coherent down to the last detail

The architect Jürgen Engel has come up with a collection of door and window handles that are single-mindedly geared towards the needs of modern civic/commercial construction and are conducive to a maximum in visual continuity. Conspicuously, the geometry of the various handles for doors is virtually identical to that of the window handle. With its flat curving front face and gently rounded area at the back, FSB 1271 fuses precision and comfort.

FSB 1285: Elegant yet experimental

Sleek elegance meets slim-line shapeliness: FSB 1285 by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez is a classic example of timeless design that makes compelling play of simplicity, adaptability and judiciously conceived detail. The designers have succeeded in lending shape to a handle whose formal credentials fulfil the various technical requirements for fire and frame doors in a single end-to-end design.