Outstanding feats of architecture are informed by a holistic concept that permeates all parts. That applies both to the building itself and to the fashioning of the architectural detail inside. Hence, the shape, colour, proportions and material chosen for door and window hardware have a crucial impact on the overall architectural appearance. This is why the planning of technical fitments is invariably a key building block in the process of drafting a concept for doors.
The experts at FSB are "public project" specialists for international architecture projects and know exactly what's wanted: components that mirror an architect's hallmark to a tee. Facilitating this is a new hardware range for the architecturally discerning. It embraces all elements of relevance to door planning and ensures that fittings match the design concept in question.
FSB supplies all components for system-driven door and window planning — door lever handles, hinges, door closers, locks plus their cylinders, window handles or accessory products such as door stops and finger plates — in the same material throughout and with judiciously coordinated finishes. The upshot is a harmonious overall visual impact in every respect that meets clients' and planners' aspirations for an all-embracing approach to architecture.
Finishes for All Requirements
The various system elements come in a number of different finishes for a broad range of needs, specifically Aluminium Silver Anodised, Stainless Steel Satin Matt and Bronze Bright Patinated.
A two-stage staining process makes for a great degree of surface compaction on Aluminium Silver Anodised products and hence for particularly robust resistance to corrosion, light and the elements.
The fractions of chrome and nickel contained in stainless steel make it a very easy-care material and one that, furthermore, is exceedingly insusceptible to corrosion. Hardware with a Stainless Steel Satin Matt finish is, therefore, ideal for fitting to heavily used doors and windows.
Bronze furniture by FSB boasts unbeatable resistance to corrosion, a high degree of tensile strength and great hardness, because the Brakel company uses a copper-tin alloy that is 92-percent copper. With the copper in the alloy also having disinfectant properties, Bronze Bright Patinated finishes are just the job for use in hospitals and care units with exacting hygiene regimes.
Holistic Architecture for the Loftiest of Aspirations
FSB possesses a great amount of system expertise on all hardware-related issues, as the company from eastern Westphalia, Germany, is constantly demonstrating through its globally interactive ITT specification service. Its specialists coordinate the proportions, finishes and functions of hardware ensembles with the utmost of precision. In the process they echo the architecture-responsive approach adopted by architect-cum-philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein with his handle design 1147, an approach that regards the function and application of any building element as being an essential part of the conceptual whole.
FSB's Public Project consultants take account of bespoke fitment wishes in the planning process just as they do of budgetary specifications, technical and functional parameters and local building authority provisions and standards — thus relieving planners and builders of the burden of time-consuming minutiae. The result at the end of the day is a customised specimen panel with the aid of which architects and clients can directly behold the products involved and literally grasp them — in the cause of harmonious door systems that dot the "i"s of any aspiring architecture.