hands on door handles


H+H by michel ina from usa

designer's own words:

i experiment with the physical qualities of materials and objects to explore their meanings in contemporary culture. an understanding of place is developed during the course of a day and is molded by the passage of the activities within. i began this design journey by asking what it is that a door and primarily its’ handle enable us to make. to open and to close, these variable and absolute acts help to separate the public realm from a more private condition. they allow us to navigate between the inside and outside of spaces and places. i valued that the physical act of opening a door handle is comparable to the shaking of someone else’s hand on multiple levels. with this view, i began to explore the anatomical, ergonomic and functional interplay between our hand and that of the handle through multiple design variations. this concept addresses the placement and guiding force from one’s thumb and it’s ability to better control a handle’s rotating motion. in addition, the multiple tapered surfaces of the handle’s design are linked to the pivoting sections and proportions of the fingers in one’s hand. through these experiences, i discovered how we form relationships with these elements and developed the following door handle design schemes.

H+H variations

michel_ina_2.jpg V-1 single

michel_ina_3.jpg V-1 tandem

michel_ina_4.jpg V-2 single

michel_ina_5.jpg V-2 tandem

michel_ina_6.jpg V-3 single

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