The Bauhaus will be celebrating the centenary of its inauguration in 2019. The movement’s repercussions are still being felt today and it continues to inspire designers across the world. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe has gone down as one of the leading architects of modernity and was a master of the era.
The principle of “less is more” advocated by Mies van der Rohe also found expression in a range of door handles he devised for his building projects. One early model dates from around 1928 and appears in Catalogue No. 6 issued by S. A. Loevy, a bronze works in Berlin. The door handles Mies van der Rohe conceived reveal his usual grasp of form and materiality. He was, for instance, well aware of the close link between a material and the patina that comes with use; he knew full well that, far from deteriorating when used, door handles can actually acquire added beauty, especially those made of bronze.
The tribute FSB is paying to the great master coincides with the centenary of the Bauhaus: FSB 1267 is more than just a replica of an original Mies van der Rohe door handle, though: it embodies the formal thrust of its forebears whilst also equipping them for the requirements of contemporary architecture. Factors such as fire-safety approval, door returns or cranked door handles for narrow-frame doors did not enjoy the status then that they do today.
The upshot is an exceedingly elegant, highly articulate range of lever handles for doors. FSB 1267 takes the original flowing transition from circular neck to flat grip and re-interprets it, in the process reducing the forefinger furrow to a mere notion. The actual grip has been levelled out. In-line handles for flush and framed doors are supplemented by an EN 179 variant with return to door and a cranked model for narrow-frame doors. FSB 1267 is available in the materials Aluminium, Brass and Bronze and is prepared for the FSB ASL®/AGL® bearing system. The range is rounded off by plug-in handles for doors and windows, a fitting for glass doors and conventional window handles.