Constantly researching new materials and finishes for its in-house designs, two years ago Turnstyle developed its own antiquating technique to lend a vintage look to its brass and nickel handles. Another recent innovation is the hammered or ‘planished’ finish, whereby the surface of the metal handles are beaten using special hammers to produce facets that sparkle when they catch the light.
Its latest is the Woven Scroll finish in the Combination Amalfine series. Created using a flexible silicone rubber mould that offers fingerprint detailing, it looks exactly like the leather scroll it was cast from, but is also beautifully robust. Amalfine was first developed by Turnstyle in 1992 and it has been improving the process and formulas ever since. Tactile, warm to the touch and highly durable, the colours are not just surface applications prone to wear, but run throughout the resin-based material.
The Woven Scroll is available in three different lengths (64mm, 128mm and 160mm) with four Amalfine colours: Black Bronze, Cocoa, Alupewt (as in the images) and Silver Bronze. The metallic finishes available are Bright Chrome, Satin Nickel, Polished Nickel, Dark Bronze, Polished Brass, Vintage Patina, Vintage Nickel and Fine Antique Brass.
Turnstyle, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, recently revamped its website to provide clients with an online configurator that can visualise all the possible combinations on a tablet or smartphone. Amazingly, with around 2,000 individual components in stock, it has worked out that its standard range of products provides up to 10,000 different combinations of styles, materials and finishes. There are 32 different colour combinations for the Woven Scroll alone.
Commercial door levers and knobs are mechanically tested up to 1.5 million times, corresponding to years of average use, and Turnstyle puts its new models through rigorous testing procedures before releasing them on the market.
“A door handle is usually the first and last thing you touch when you enter and leave a room, so first impressions are important,” says company founder and MD Steven Roberts (pictured, right). “Just like on a car, it has to feel solid with a precision movement. No amount of cosmetic design can make up for poor quality engineering and materials.”
Portrait image by Justin Ratcliffe