Concept drawings by Piero Lissoni

Rem Koolhaas, Piero Lissoni and Vincent Van Duysen team up with Olivari

Handles designed by the all-star lineup launched during this year's Milan design week

July 2018
Historic handle company Olivari has been in business for over 100 years. And while doorhandles may seem to be a niche market, the company works with some of the biggest names across the architecture and design – marking its place solidly in the industry.
For 2018, the company enlisted the eye and practical knowledge of Rem Koolhaas, Piero Lissoni, and Vincent Van Duysen. Briefs were open to interpretation, resulting in three different products – each with its own distinctive style.
Rem Koolhaas, of archietcture firm OMA, conceived an 'archetypal' handle named ABC, which follows a simple square form. The texture of the design can be altered to feature different metallic finishes, and is also available in different sizes.
'The elementary nature of the geometry makes it the optimal support for a series of variations,' said Olivari.
Lissoni wanted his offering to be as light as a feather, and created a simple, slender design aptly named Plume.'Nomina sunt consequentia rerum: names reveal the essence of things," Lissoni said. 'Here the name already identifies the intention of the project.'
For Van Duysen, known for his exceptional eye for minimalism, the most important thing was the ergonomics of the handle. His Icona design boasts a 'passe-partout' aesthetic, which blends both modern detailing with classical forms.
The rounded section on the inside of the grip makes it comfortable to hold, and contrasts with a flat, external section to create a difference in surfaces.
Each of the designs launched at this year's Milan design week, which took place back in April.
Icona by Vincent van Duysen
Plume by Piero Lissoni