knot by john caswell hands on door handles shortlist
knot by john caswell   hands on door handles shortlist
may 27, 2011

knot by john caswell hands on door handles shortlist

knot handle

‘knot door handle’ by john caswell from UK is one of the shortlisted entries from our recent designboom competition ‘hands on door handles’ organized by designboom in collaboration with COLOMBO design. the door handle contest yielded entries from more than 6, 000 participants and has been juried by UK designer jasper morrison and US-based reiser and umemoto architects. knot by john caswell   hands on door handles shortlist material variations

‘after experimenting by knotting cord, I noticed that a simple overhand knot forms a perfect 90 degree junction. I used this simple junction as the main focus of my handle design. the final handle is designed to look as if it has been impossibly formed by knotting a metal bar.‘ john caswell

knot by john caswell   hands on door handles shortlist technical specification

knots have been the subject of interest for their ancient origins, it is a seemingly esoteric subject. consider their common uses, and the area of mathematics. but it does not take a mathematician to enjoy this door handle, … there have been many submissions with a similar intervention, we examined all the variations and this door handle has been selected because of its more precise formal approach: the knot is simple, but deemed to be aesthetic on the grounds of ‘symmetry’ and ‘balance’.

— those wishing to republish an excerpt of this article, please have the courtesy to link back to this original article, and to mention that the project was conceived for the designboom and  COLOMBO award: ‘hands on door handles’.

designboom would like to invite our readers to an evening at the triennale di milano. organized in collaboration  with colombo design, the event will feature a lecture by french designer jean marie massaud and will reveal the results of the international door handle competition ‘hands on door handles’. cocktail reception to follow. free entrance.

knot by john caswell   hands on door handles shortlist

small details make up the big picture. landscape, architecture, interior design and door handles. triennale di milano – sala d’onore, viale alemagna 6, milan

may 31st, 2011, 6:00 pm

  • love it!

  • dear readers,
    thank you for your discussion and comments.

    we completely agree with you about the complexity of producing such a design.

    ‘knot’ has been selected as one of 165 shortlisted entries overall.
    it was chosen from the ‘freestyle’ category of the ‘hands on door handles’ competition
    where we asked participants for more ‘experimental designs’ which still managed to follow the
    few technical guidelines provided.

    we have chosen to feature it as there were more than 20 designs that exhibited
    a similar concept and wanted to show the popularity of this theme throughout.

  • Like Chandra mentioned before, it can not be casted in metal (not in a 2 part mould, nor in a 3 or 4 or… part mould).
    It can be moulded in a kind of plastic in a silicone mould, but then you’ll have to reinforce the inside structure with some metal to deal with the forces employed while using.
    How are you going to do that ?

    Like a wise person once said
    “please don’t send in vague concepts, but go a step further”

  • sorry but I thought it was a seriously contest. This was an industrial design contest, not an art one.

  • pffff! I hope they (the jury) prefere sth more creative there. Though maybe the Colombo will like such easy to produce design.

  • Original my a**!

  • that is not the modern contemporary look that i thought they are looking for! it does not answer in any matter to the brief they were given to us! I am very disappointed to have thrown away my not very free time!

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