British designer creates ‘plump’ door handles for D Line

Each element is available in four colours

British designer Tom Dixon has developed a collection of door accessories with plump forms and metallic finishes, for Danish manufacturer D Line.

The FAT collection includes both pull and lever handles, a door knocker, key escutcheons, a thumb turn and a doorstop.

The designs are characterised by soft rounded forms that give them an inflated feel.

This effect is enhanced by polished metallic finishes that include polished brass and electric blue, as well as satin stainless steel and PVD black.

FAT is shortlisted for a Dezeen Award 2022 in the homeware design category.

The project marks Tom Dixon’s first foray into the world of architectural ironmongery. However the "fat profile" is a recurring theme in the designer’s work. Other examples include the Liquid bathroom range for VitrA and the Bump glassware.

Key escutcheons and a thumb turn also feature

Dixon said his interest in soft shapes developed after having children and is possibly a reaction against seeing them running around the house and bumping into things.

"A handle is something that sticks out," he said. "Everyone has banged themselves against a door handle and hurt themselves, so I like the idea that you can do something that is super friendly.”

The FAT range is manufactured from robust AISI 316 stainless steel. Despite the soft shapes, the designs are intended to be highly functional and not just a style statement.

"I think FAT could go in any type of high-traffic building, from nursery schools to hospitals to fashionable nightclubs," said Dixon.

"The thing is, by having very rounded ends and very grippable handles, they work in a multitude of applications.”

The range includes door stops

The project is also D Line’s first collaboration with a designer from outside of Denmark. Its range also includes collections by Arne Jacobsen, Knud Holscher and Bjarke Ingels.

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