Doorknobs: Beyond the Everyday

“The door handle is the handshake of the building.”
— JUHANI PALLASMAA

 

In Doorknobs: Beyond the Everyday at WantedDesign 2019, curators Sarah Templin and Gregory Beson invited eighteen celebrated designers, artists, and makers explore and reimagine the ubiquitous, yet overlooked doorknob. 

Designed, left to right, by Pete Oyler, Rama Chorpash, Bertille Laguet, Fumiko Ito, Natalie Weinberger, Yvette Chaparro

FEATURING:
Yvette Chaparro
Rama Chorpash
Claesson Koivisto Rune
Keetra Dean Dixon
Joe Doucet x Brian Ornduff 
Rogan Gregory
Fumiko Ito
Liz Jackson
Bertille Laguet


Inna Lobel
Steph Mantis
Jasper Morrison
Damian O’Sullivan
Pete Oyler
Karim Rashid
Tucker Viemeister
Natalie Weinberger
Allan Wexler

The doorknob denotes a portal for possibility. What is on the other side of the threshold? What lies beyond the door?

The doorknob is always in service yet asks for little. Its form, material and detail can assist or dramatically hinder. Wood knobs wear beautifully, with teak and Spanish cedar employed for their natural rot resistance. Brass has natural antimicrobial properties and precedents of brass knobs illustrate human understanding of alloys.

The doorknob is a means to move over thresholds and pass through gateways between interior and exterior; private and public; this world and perhaps another. 

Exhibition photos by  Bruce Willen

Exhibition photos by Bruce Willen

Visitors were invited to touch, grasp and grip each knob themselves for a truly tactile experience. This exhibition was listed as 10 must-see installations and exhibits at NYCxDesign 2019 by Dezeen. Visit www.doorknobshow.com for more information. (2019)

Designed, left to right, by Jasper Morrison, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Inna Lobel, Tucker Viemeister, Karim Rashid

Designed, left to right, by Jasper Morrison, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Inna Lobel, Tucker Viemeister, Karim Rashid