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31st August 2020
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A S Helsingö launches Bagel Mini and Novel Mini handles
A S Helsingö has launched two new handle models - the Bagel Mini and Novel Mini. These knobs are new members of the existing Bagel and Novel handle series but are more petite in size and pair perfectly with both smaller furniture and kitchens.
The new handles are designed by Jonas Nordgren and Ted Schauman. The designer duo are founders of the Copenhagen and Helsinki-based architecture and design studio Schauman & Nordgren Architects.
The inspiration for the design is derived from geometric shapes and their manipulation. The timeless design makes it easy to combine the handles with a variety of furnishings, colours and materials.
"In the design of the handle series, we opted for timelessness and simplicity," notes Jonas Nordgren. "We aimed to create products that are long-lasting, adaptable for all kinds of homes and interior styles, and that you can combine with a wide variety of furniture.
"By combining high-quality materials with distinctive design and skillful handicrafts, the outcome is much more than a handle. The knob is like a piece of jewelry that gives the furniture a unique and finished look.
"The inspiration for the design itself came from the conceptual process in the works of artists Sol LeWitt and Walter de Maria and simple geometrical manipulations."
Like the company's other metallic handles, Bagel Mini and Novel Mini handles are made of solid metal and handmade in the Finnish archipelago by local artisans. Anssi Jokinen, co-founder explains: "The production process requires careful and meticulous work. The knobs are first carved from precious metals, after which each handle is finished and polished by hand. We leave them untreated, which makes them age naturally and beautifully. The more time passes, the more character the handles will get."
A S Helsingö's initial design collaboration with Schauman & Nordgren Architects back in 2015 proved to be extremely successful. The Bagel and Novel handles have been sold in thousands around the world.
Sebastian Schauman, CEO of A S Helsingö, explains:"Our customers have been asking for smaller, more delicate handles that would pair especially with smaller furniture pieces like sideboards. The new handle series is not a simple scale-down of the originals; the new models have a soul and design of their own."
The new Bagel Mini and Novel Mini handles come in brass, copper, polished aluminum, and black aluminum.
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