Key facts

Product:
Chelsea
Family:
Chelsea
Manufacturer:
Olivari >
Designer:
Jean Nouvel >
Order number:
M232 CO
Architonic ID:
20031539
Country:
Italy
Launched:
2013
Manufacturer groups :
Hinged door fittings-Lever handles >
Groups:
Hinged door fittings-Lever handles >

Product description

Finish:
CO satin chrome

Product variants

Product family

Concept

The studies conducted to fine-tune the Chelsea handle are an expression of Jean Nouvel’s artistic sensibility. He designed it when he was working on 100 Eleventh Avenue in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan, a 23-storey residential tower he describes as “a vision machine” that captures reflections from the nearby Hudson River. For the handles, Nouvel asked us for an unusual model. He wanted a shape that was different from the tubular geometry conventionally used for the lever. He also refused the materiality of steel, because he was letting his senses guide its formal definition. He wanted them to be stimulated by a soft, sensual shape that was pleasant to the touch, and a material that was warm, almost buttery. And finally, his aim was for the handle to be a mark, thanks to the use of colour. These were the requirements that engendered the Chelsea. It is modelled after the print of a hand gripping it, and made in soft, black rubber. In the factory, when we engineered it for serial production, we experimented with Nouvel using different materials like wood and glass, until we decided to use porcelain in matte black and shiny white. Both are lively objects with great communicative impact.Antonio Olivari

Material:
Brass and Porcelain

Finish:
bright chrome/white, bright chrome/mat black, satin chrome/white, satin chrome/mat black