Schwinn Hardware, a global leader in the technology, design, and manufacture of furniture hardware, invited Michael Graves Design to participate in its Originals Collection, along with other legends of design. For the Graves designers and architects, there is no detail too small, with hardware providing the important finishing details of our work. While the language of design and architecture is constantly changing and evolving, we believe the best work is timeless. For our contributions to the Originals Collection, our goal was to combine beauty and usefulness in unique ways, with each design united by a sense of timelessness. We contributed four different designs with knob and pull options.
Design 1: Racetrack
Shown in countless magazine features and movie sets, the little kettle has continued to charm the public ever since it was first launched and can be found in the permanent collections of museums and international institutions all over the world including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Australian National Gallery and the MuDe: Museum of Design and Fashion in Lisbon.
Design 2: Taco
By gently arcing an ellipsoidal flat metal disc in a downward direction, the modern essence of furniture hardware is created with the design we affectionally named Taco. This design is beautiful and highly functional. No more, no less. Fingertips have comfortable access, while the back plate of the ellipsoid functions as a guard to protect furniture from the oils found in fingers.
Design 3: Balcony
Our Balcony pull and knob design references “cup pull” hardware from a bygone era commonly found on bank furniture. Constructed with a metal curving touch point platform that cantilevers outward from a well-supported back plate, Balcony provides an updated take on a classic detail.
Design 4: Peg
Peg is a “reductive” design that explores the most elemental of extruded circular tubes that define furniture hardware. Offered only in polished chrome, Peg gets to the essence of quality, strength, and presence with its pulls and knobs that substantiate any drawer or door.
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