The Tribute to Doha diamond-encrusted door handle
ITALY, Genoa. Door handle and accessory specialist F.lli Razeto & Casareto, suppliers to the yachting industry since 1919, has created what is likely the most expensive door handle ever made. Priced at around euro 100,000, the ‘Tribute to Doha’ handle is encrusted with diamond dust and gemstones and is even backlit using a patented LED system. The piece of “furniture jewellery” premiered at the Qatar International Boat Show (10-14 November) in conjunction with Amer Yachts.
F.lli Razeto & Casareto, which developed the concept and engineering for the handle, collaborated with Dblux, a diamond broker skilled in sourcing, marketing, cutting and setting gemstones, to create the breathtakingly extravagant handle. It is based on the FreeGo series designed by Giangi Razeto for F.lli Razeto & Casareto.
The design presented in Qatar is purely illustrative as its makers can create bespoke handles to order, designing them for and with individual clients. Aside from brass, which is galvanised to obtain a gold, black ruthenium or palladium colour finish, the handle can also be ordered in any other type of metal, including solid gold.
The FreeGo series designed by Giangi Razeto
The wireless frame-to-door transmission system for the backlighting serves aesthetic and safety functions by indicating exit paths in case of a blackout. Moreover, it can be programmed to use colour coding to communicate with service staff. For example, red would mean ‘do not disturb’, while green would indicate they are free to enter. In all, 10 light colours and three different levels of intensity are available, all adjustable directly by the user. The titanium back cover is further perforated to allow the light to shine onto the door surface.
The hand-applied finish is created using very fine diamond dust (grain dimensions are under 0.3mm), in addition to both natural and man-made diamonds. Each handle is accompanied by a certificate attesting to the standard of quality of the precious gemstones adorning each piece.