A family hardware range, a door handle and wall hook, inspired by illusions, explored through materiality and form.

Inspiration was pulled from MIchael Grave’s “Hanselman House”. I was very inspired by the simplicity of lines, mixtures of materials, and pops of color. Additionally I was inspired by the movement and undulation of the La Concha motel by Paul Williams, which has currently been repurposed as The Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Both locations had a certain je ne sais quoi... or je ne sais pas, that I was very inspired by. Ideally, the hardware I would design could live in either of these locations.

I began my design process by creating lots of quick sketches from 3D materials; my preferred way to being designing. Bent wire, chipboard, wooden dowels, and acrylic rods lent themselves as great materials to start understanding form and functionality of potential door handles. Above are my 2 chosen initial sketches of interest- I was drawn to the space the two designs created through line, which would lead to my eventual use of dominant line with supporting plane and volume. Through photo manipulation, I explored the possibilities of the form in different proportions and orientations.

My next move was to start doing even quicker sketches- good old fashioned blue pencil and paper sketches. These helped me understand interactions with the hand, as well as quickly work through different forms and proportions. The sketches are rough and quick.

One of my favorite parts of the process was an in-between sketch material and final material sketch model set. Above are further sketches exploring materials of interest- metal, acrylic, and fur. I was drawn to each sketch for various reasons, but was especially drawn to the top two sketches, and the way an illusion was created with the way the wire moved and undulated around itself, ending in a moment of chaos with the fur ball. I chose to explore this further, and in my next steps I took these sketches into more real materials to put the design in the context of a real, usable door handle. 

Here I have one of my last sketch batches, where I took what I learned from the previous set of sketches and put them into more real materials. The bottom two sketches are bent using an oxy acetylene torch in 3/8" steel, which is how I planned to fabricate my final working models.

3D models of handle and hook design, modeled in Solidworks.

Here I have the final handle design. Using bent steel, a walnut pivot point, and a clear acrylic ball, the handle can be interacted with in a few ways. 

Wall hook final design.

Loop Pool was exhibited at the 2016 International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javitz Center in New York City.