Based on the handles used at Le Corbusier’s La Tourette, izé’s handle collection designed by Andrew Todd and Bernadett Kaszas are as satisfyingly solid and enjoyable to use as the originals
Designed by Andrew Todd and Bernadett Kaszas and developed and manufactured by izé, the handles of the La Tourette Handle Range are a triumph of collaboration, design, and making.
The La Tourette range is based on handles used at Le Corbusier’s Dominican Community of La Tourette.
Made from a solid piece of steel and falling under its own weight rather than using a spring, the handle was used at La Tourette on aerator doors (narrow doors designed for ventilation, not access) as well as other doors.
La Tourette Handle Range has recently been awarded a 2022 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Andrew Todd of Studio Andrew Todd took careful measurements of this handle and carried out initial modeling, from which izé developed and made the handles in the range.
It has modified the mechanism to work well in contemporary buildings.
All the handles are available in the full range of izé finishes.
The manufacturing design skill of izé enabled the creation of these handles, ensuring that they are as satisfyingly solid and pleasurable to use as the originals.
Le Corbusier evidently went on to use the handles on a number of subsequent projects.
Now, thanks to the work done by izé, new generations of designers and building tenants will be able to experience the pleasure of using them for themselves – without having to travel to France.
This project epitomizes izé’s approach of marrying art, architecture, and manufacture.
It is a triumph of collaboration, design, and making.
Project: La Tourette Handle Range
Designers: izé Ltd.
Lead Designers: Andrew Todd and Bernadett Kaszas
Manufacturer: izé Ltd.