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Arne Jacobsen’s classic door handles + a gift for you

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May 26, 2019
The AJ Lever Handle, a true Arne Jacobsen design classic - via that nordic feeling
The AJ Lever Handle, a true Arne Jacobsen design classic - via that nordic feeling

What makes a home? That is a question I’ve found myself thinking about a lot since I moved into my new home almost a year and a half ago. Nothing turned out the way I thought. I am still waiting on some issues to be resolved, before I can settle fully in and decorate the way I want. Despite all that, I have found, that it is the details that matter. The details make up the bigger picture. And one of the details that I do have control over, is also one I love the most. The door handles!

If you think that sounds stange, stick with me for a moment. My apartment had gone through a total renovation prior to me moving in. The house is almost 100 years old, and sadly all the old hand carved doors had been thrown out and replaced with new ones. And to complete the disaster, the builders used the cheapest plastic handles, you can find. I hated them. They had to replaced!

The AJ Lever Handle, a true Arne Jacobsen design classic - via that nordic feeling

Classics never go out of style

I’ve long had a crush on the handles Arne Jacobsen designed for the SAS Royal Hotel back in the 60s, called the AJ lever handle. The shiny brass, that will patinate over time, the beautiful curves, that fits so well in your hand, and the timeless design, that will never go out of style.

If you are an avid reader around here, you know that Arne Jacobsen is very near and dear to my heart. The grandfather of Danish Design (1902-1971). My home is filled with great examples of his work like the AJ Lamp from Louis Poulsen and the 7 Chairs from Fritz Hansen. I also love to visit his beautiful architecture like the Petrol Station, the Bellevue Beach Park and the gorgeous Smokehouse.

So I started looking into the handles and found out, that the Danish brand d line still produces the AJ lever handle exactly like Arne Jacobsen designed them for the SAS Royal Hotel. The same hotel he designed the famous Egg chair ans Swan chair for.

Arne Jacobsen saw a finished house as dependent on every detail within it being in place. This moved him into furniture, lighting, textiles and products, to achieve total realisations whose coherence today mark them as icons. He intuitively scanned the outer limitations of the form of an idea, its technology and its material. This unique approach shaped the lever handle around a palm’s grip.

The AJ Lever Handle, a true Arne Jacobsen design classic - via that nordic feeling

Arne Jacobsen designed the world’s first design hotel

In July 1960 the SAS Royal Hotel opened in Copenhagen as the world’s first design hotel. Now known as the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, it was the embodiment of Arne Jacobsen’s whole-picture approach to architecture and design.

Arne Jacobsen received the brief in 1955 from Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) to build the first hotel of its kind and set Copenhagen up as the Nordic gateway for the new tourists travelling from America. The hotel was to act as a terminal in the city centre, with guests whisked direct from its cocktail lounge to Kastrup Airport in a mere 20 minutes.

He designed everything within the hotel’s 22 floors – from furniture, carpets, curtains, wine glasses, cutlery, signage to the timeless lever handles still made by d line. Today, only room 606 remains as it stood in 1961, and it has fully functioned as a guest room until recently. The AJ lever handle endures too. The original pieces still remains in place in room 606 as well as in several of the bathrooms across the hotel.

The AJ Lever Handle, a true Arne Jacobsen design classic - via that nordic feeling

Shiny vs. patinated

The handles have been installed for a while, so they are starting to get that beautiful patina, that will only increase over time. I’m debating whether to leave them as is or to polish them back up to shiny brass status. I can’t make up my mind! What do you think? Let them be, as a sign of time passing? Or give them some elbow grease?

A special gift for you: 20% off

D line wanted to give all my followers a special gift – 20% off everything. And we’re not just talking pretty door handles here. D line has a beautiful range of Danish Design for the bathroom too.

I have my eye on these beautiful Knud Holscher pegs. How good would these look in the kitchen for dishtowels! I also love these timeless Knud Holscher knobs. Both are in brass, which I am still a big fan of, because the material brings such warmth to a room. But they also come in other colours like black and stainless steal. I have to also mention the new Pebble line designed by Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), if you’re more into modern and future classics.

Use TNF20% to get 20% off everything in the shop – valid until July 1st 2019.

* This post is sponsored by d line. All words and opinions expressed in the post are my own. As always, thank you for supporting my sponsors. They make it possible for me to do what I love.

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