The UNUNU - door handle “couple” is designed for Väre, the new building and home of the Aalto University School of Arts, Architecture and Design.
The UNUNU - handles are inviting shapes, they encourage to touch and thus move in to a new place. They are not made to blend in completely to the environment or become anonymous, they are designed to subtly break their milieu. The UNUNU handles are not to be placed everywhere but only to specific places or areas. The handles would be a special addition to the building and the user's day.
The UNUNU handles would be made out of ceramics, with the adjusting pieces made from metal. Ceramics is a rare material in this purpose, and it would give the handles a special character and added value. The UNUNU - handles would not resemble
sanitary porcelain or the coolness of it, but provide a soft touch to the architecture.
The handles would be made in terracotta red hue to remind of red bricks. This way the UNUNU - handles will be grounded better to their environment - as the similarity in material and colour would tie the otherwise rather special shapes into its milieu and reflect the whole campus area´s character (it´s filled with redbrick).
An important feature of UNUNU - handles is their versatility, which is made possible by the simple shapes of the design. By moving the fastening points, two different handles can be formed. With these four different models of handles, a variation of positions and combinations can be made. The shapes also enable a collection, such as hangers and hooks.
One of the architectural cornerstones of Väre was that it should be easy to understand and navigate, people shouldn't get lost in it. The UNUNU - handles could also be used to support the architecture in marking different spaces, floors and facilities. The different combinations could be site-specific, allowing different spaces in the Väre to be "bordered", so that the big building could be more easily understood.
9 cm x 18 cm and 16 cm x 18 cm,
ceramics and metal,