So the message is clear – incorporate handles early on in the design process. But how do you know what is going to work the best?
What is trending in handles?
As a coastal area, Tiffiny notes that Aucklanders tend to focus on 316 stainless steel handles, as they are marine grade and quite robust against the elements.
“But personally, I think there are a lot of other options people could be thinking of. When it’s done properly, aluminium is fantastic – we use it in our German levers.”
“And of course, brass and bronze last centuries – they are still finding handles from Ancient Rome!”
“Another trend we have seen is darker finishes on products,” she adds. “More than half of our current projects have darker finishes. I think it is coming from the industrial aesthetic, people looking at gorgeous, dilapidated old buildings and wanting to adapt that look for their own homes.”
These last two are living finishes – they do not require additional coating or colouring, and will accumulate a lot of wear and character over time, providing an air of the handmade. While this was deeply out of fashion a few years ago, Tiffiny says it has come right back in vogue.
But, just as trends come, they also fall out of favour. As well as thinking about your door handles early in the design process, Tiffiny wants designers and home owners to cast an eye to the future.
“People love black taps and handles right now, but will they feel the same in 10 years? These are the sort of questions we try and ask people that come to us, the points they haven’t thought of yet. If they’re living in a home for the long term, they have to think about these things.”
With a keen eye for ongoing trends and how to match handles to your design, Halliday + Baillie are well-poised to help improve your own home design.