“The door handle is the handshake of the building.”

— Juhani Pallasmaa

May 16–20, 2019
WantedDesign Industry City
274 36th St Brooklyn, NY FL2 


In Doorknobs: Beyond the Everyday at WantedDesign 2019, curators Gregory Beson and Sarah Templin invited eighteen celebrated designers, artists, and makers to explore and reimagine the ubiquitous, yet overlooked doorknob. 

The doorknob is always in service yet asks for little. Its form, material and detail can assist or dramatically hinder. Wood knobs wear beautifully, with teak and Spanish cedar employed for their natural rot resistance. Brass has natural antimicrobial properties and precedents of brass knobs illustrate human understanding of alloys.

The doorknob is a means to move over thresholds and pass through gateways between interior and exterior; private and public; this world and perhaps another. 

The doorknob denotes a portal for possibility. What is on the other side of the threshold? What lies beyond the door?


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