There is a fine tradition of designers and architects from across the world creating their ideal notion of a door handle for FSB. The jury for the German Design Award 2019 adjudged lever handle FSB 1226 by Werner Aisslinger to be the “Winner” in its “Excellent Product Design” category. The German Design Award is one of the most celebrated design competitions in the world. It is run by Germany’s Design Council with the aim of spotting, presenting and honouring unique design trends.

FSB 1226 derives from a design that Werner Aisslinger came up with in 2006 for FSB’s second Door Handle Workshop entitled “DuoHandles | HandleDuos”. The original model subsequently underwent further honing and was developed to the production stage. Ensuring this could be achieved was a level of manufacturing expertise that enables FSB to implement even the most specific of designs. FSB 1226 was first fitted in a listed factory in the Berlin borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg during its conversion into the Michelberger Hotel. The model is additionally now to be found on the doors in various 25Hours Hotels.

Aisslinger had the sequences of movements involved in opening and closing doors in mind when designing FSB 1226. The grip section, as a result, is conspicuously affixed as a separate formal element to the handle’s cylindrical neck so as to lend emphasis to the centre of motion. It is full of flow looked at from the front, reserving its momentous bulk for the side facing the door leaf. Overall, it sports a fit-for-purpose shape as pleasing to the eye as it is to the hand. This strikingly sculptural handle gives the impression of motion away from the body and into the space around. Its flowing shape exudes both momentum and ruggedness. FSB 1226 is an evocative moulded-to-the-hand model that accords in exemplary fashion with the Four-Point Guide to Good Grip devised by Otl Aicher.

By selecting aluminium as the material for FSB 1226, Werner Aisslinger champions a modern material whose visual and haptic qualities are brought out to particular effect by the range of colours in FSB’s Aluminium Blasted Colour Anodised finish. FSB 1226 is available in lever, lever/knob and WC sets and also as a window handle.