Some product designs work so well that they remain basically unchanged, are widely used and almost blend into the background. The humble door handle and door knob are examples of such design classics.
A combination of necessity, relative design and mechanical simplicity and an awareness of the basics of ergonomics are behind the development of a piece of our home interiors that we touch many times a day. Door handles and door knobs are also clearly visible in every room of the home and as such are subject to the influence of style and design.
If we accept that being around for a long time is a characteristic of a ‘design’ classic then door handles and door knobs fit the bill. Door knobs in the form that we would recognise them can be traced back as far as the 1700s and door handles to the 1800s.
The features of the spindle latch and lever with the plain backplate or one containing a keyhole have stood the test of time in terms of mechanical and technological design and receive their main boost into the public domain thanks to the industrial revolution where the metal closing and locking mechanisms could be produced in a standardised way on large scale for the first time.
While early examples featured the more prevalent and popular materials of the time such as iron and brass today’s examples retain the same basic mechanical components but vary widely materials and finishes.
James Gumersell of online door handle retail specialists simplydoorhandles.co.uk comments:
“Yes today’s door handles and door knobs may look similar to their historic ancestors but the levels of quality and the choice are now much greater. You can choose anything from antique and period door handles and door knobs in bronze and brass right up the very latest in contemporary stainless steel and chrome finished door handles and door knobs. One very modern development of course is that you can order them online and have them delivered rather than going to a physical shop”.
Other modern lifestyle developments have led to market segments for kitchen door handles and knobs .
“The prevalence of fitted kitchens has meant that homeowners now also have a huge choice of kitchen cupboard door handles and door knobs and can match them with the design themes and styles of the handles in the rest of the house” says James.
For more information call Simply Door Handles on 01484 42 60 42 or visit http://www.simplydoorhandles.co.uk
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