Lead DesignerFelice Carlino
Designer Felice Carlino
PrizeSilver in Home Interior Products / Windows, Doors

TIRAR introduction “The door handle is the handshake of the building”, said Finnish architect, educator and writer, Juhani Pallasma. Unfortunately, many commercially available door handles simply don’t do their buildings justice – the architectural equivalent of a limp handshake. This is what inspired designer Felice Carlino to design a range of solid timber door furniture. A Focus on Touch As an interior designer himself, Carlino was searching for a full-timber door pull for an accommodation pod he was designing. “Everything I found was a combination of timber and metal, which didn’t look very nice, and also didn’t feel comfortable in the hand. So I decided to design my own.” The concept was a solid timber door pull and lever that was beautiful to look at and beautiful to hold. It was very important to me that the door furniture not only looks beautifully simple and elegant, but was also delicate to touch,” Carlino continues. “How it feels is equally important as how it looks.” Design for Humans This sensual approach led the design of a handle that would intuitively respond to the mechanical workings of the fingers and hands. “Fingers are made up of three joints that wrap themselves around the grip,so we crafted a taper and radius edges so the door pull and lever would sit within the grip of the hand and also be comfortable in more delicate hands.” Pleasurable Healthcare Design The TIRAR family of door levers offers the first opportunity to create healthcare and accessible designs that are visually warm and tactile, increasing the quality of the interiors and the wellbeing of residents and patients. “We found that most healthcare products were utilitarian and clinical in their design approach. We wanted everyone to have the opportunity to have access to beautiful products, especially in their homes.”