MAD architects references their absolute towers in marilyn door handles for olivari
MAD architects references their absolute towers in marilyn door handles for olivari
apr 19, 2016

MAD architects references their absolute towers in marilyn door handles for olivari

MAD architects references their absolute towers in marilyn door handles for olivari
all images courtesy of olivari



olivari in collaboration with MAD architects designed a set of door handles called ‘marilyn’. founder ma yansong looked to their pair of residential buildings in mississauga, canada, nick-named ‘the marilyn monore towers’ due to their elegant curvature for forming the handles.





‘a door handle is very symbolic to me. it is the first object that one will interact with before entering a new space.’ explains MAD founder and principal ma yansong. ‘therefore, we wanted the design to be smooth and organic so when your hand closes around it, it feels familiar and natural, even if it is the first time you touch it.’




the design language performs a simple undulating twist in a comparable way to the towers. the handle’s sinuous shape allows the palm to naturally fall on the horizontal surface and the thumb rests on the vertical side in a smooth ergonomic interaction. with this collaboration, ma yansong joins an assembly of celebrated architects such as zaha hadid, rem koolhaas and daniel libeskind whom have all cooperated in with olivari in the past. 




‘architecture is about experience, not only visual but also what you can touch, what you can feel,’ continues yansong. ‘people tend to focus only on the visual, but for me there’s also an emotional dimension to design. this handle allows you to connect with the form and design in a way you can’t do with a building.’


the door handle with matching keyhole 

the stand at milan design week 2016


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