milan-based industrial designer giulio iacchetti returns to create a handle — a theme close to his heart — as it marked his debut in the world of design in 1992. called ‘ginkgo’ and ‘ginkgo biloba’, the two door handles have been produced for dnd by martinelli and consists of a form based on nature, referencing the unique shape of a gingko leaf and capturing it on the structure and decoration of the object. made in hot-cast brass, the two versions of the doorknob are available in five finishes: shiny chrome, brushed chrome, black graphite, brushed antique gold and polished antique gold.

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the handles’ front view has the leaf shape imprinted

 

 

when designing the handles, giulio iacchetti understood the important process and presence of the object by highlighting the idea of it being the first element that grants us access to architecture or to a home. the fan-like geometry of the leaves of the ginkgo tree has been imprinted in the frontal view of the piece, depicting the stem and making the handle forcefully robust, sculptural and appealing to the grip. one of the versions has been engraved with a decorative surface, pushing further the metaphorical reminder of the veins of the leaf. the symmetric result adds nobility to an everyday object, present in every interior landscape.

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the object contains a robust and sculptural appareance

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this version has a decorative pattern that flows through the handle

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gingko biloba is available in five different finishes; here in shiny chrome 

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giulio iachetti’s sketches and prototypes

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the gingko biloba leaf was the one that motivated the shape of the project

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