The Easel

Points of contact – a short history of door handles

The humble handle. Elaborate creations appeared in 17th century Europe although England seemingly preferred the plain knob. The 20th century concept of a building as a total work of art brought handles that reflected architectural aesthetics. Then (of course) the Bauhaus, which introduced the idea of elegant functionality. Nowadays, despite numerous good designs, “almost every door handle you will see … will be cheap and ill-considered”.