Executed with creative flair, the Super Collection is result of an engaging and innovative approach to traditional architectural hardware design. A collaboration between Bankston and Sans-Arc, the collection is a homage to the 1960s and 70s Italian Radical Design Movement, accomplished by a reinterpretation that is both bold and refreshing.
To innovatively reimagine the design of door handles, levers and pulls is a difficult task, and yet this is the challenge that Melbourne-based architectural studio Sans-Arc and Adelaide-based hardware brand Bankston set out to overcome. Through expressive and unexpectedly lively design, the Super Collection showcases a tangible moment where architecture and hardware design delightfully intersect.
In the same way, Sans-Arc Studio was also eager to partner with Bankston. “It was a no brainer for us,” says Matiya Marovich, Sans-Arc Director. “Bankston approached us to do something unique and different, and we saw it as an opportunity to experiment and design on a smaller scale.” The vision for the collection was inspired by the Radical Design Movement, influencing the expressive nature of the collection – “it is a period that has influenced our design aesthetic for some time,” Matiya says. The visionary layer of the Super Collection adds an experimental nature to the objects, traditionally perceived as purely functional in aesthetic and purpose.
The visionary layer of the Super Collection adds an experimental nature to the objects, traditionally perceived as purely functional in aesthetic and purpose.
The Collection is made of five distinct pieces – a door knob, two door levers and two door pulls. Each form is a dialogue between geometric form and practicality, where the touchpoints of the objects both elicit surprise, character and functionality. “They are fun and unexpected and encourage users to notice the design and consideration that has gone into the hardware they are interacting with,” Matiya says.
The five pieces – Zzzigurat, Geppetto, Futurismo, Supermoon and Associati – are available in Bankston’s distinct finishes, working as versatile offerings to suit a range of interiors. Each piece is infused with a playful contrast to manifest as individual and original key features. The Super Collection is the first in a series of collaborations for Bankston, eliciting a celebration of craftsmanship, material and inventive design