So now all the
studio needs is a few finishing touches
or as I like to call it door bling.
Today I'm meeting with the guys from
FSB and it's not a moment too soon
because we have a hodgepodge handle
Hi how are you?
Good Kerry how
I was actually just ready to go
and count all the different handles we
have throughout the studio and since
we're gonna be replacing them with you
guys I thought you could help me.
Great let's do it!
All right let's go do it.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
FSB has been
around for a long time creating timeless
designs all while staying ahead of the
So these are the handles that
we've actually put into the studio and a
design is beautiful can you tell me more
Sure that's what we call our
1241 it's designed by RDAI in France
it's a really new and unique design
because it goes from a square to an oval
shape which is extremely difficult to
At FSB design isn't out of reach they've
even developed an innovative approach to
making handles that keep germs from
So tell me about your history?
So family-owned companies since 1881
really got our start in brass and bronze
cabinet fittings an in-house design by
the name of Johann Petenti began to
create levers that are molded to the
hand a very comfortable feeling so it's
an extension of the hand we collaborated
with up-and-coming designers and architects to give us their
vision of what a lever would feel like in
the hand or what it would be like and of
course you get a lot of different
designs that come out of that.
Yeah I think it's
something that we take for granted just
everyday we see door handles but when
you see one that stands out like yours
does and how you're saying it's very
ergonomic I mean is that something you
wouldn't think that people have put so
much thought into.
Well sure typically
people will put think of a lever as just
something to operate a door open to the
door with FSB we consider it an extension of the hand or the
interaction between people and architecture
that's what you're doing, you're taking
the art and putting it into something
like the handle and you were saying for a
little while that the designs have kind
of changed what people are asking
for has kind of changed over time so
what was popular before and what's
popular now and how is that morphed?
Well it does
shift there are some timeless looks
stainless steel seems to last for an
eternity but black has become a very
popular finish over the last year or two
and also a finish that was popular years
ago, satin brass is now kind of the new
Code also plays a little bit
of a role there in California a door
lever is required to return to within a
half inch of the door we're in the East
Coast that's not a code requirement,
interesting, so we offer levers that have
a return to the door but still continue
to keep the timeless design.
Who knew staying up to code could look
So we really have to work hard
on which levers were able to create a
return and make it look natural, make it
look fluid, we we take security, you
have to it but then we don't want it to
just be an ugly-looking lock or piece of
hardware on the door we want something
that's beautiful that really complements
the design of the room and the door and
what the designer is looking for what
the homeowner or office owner is looking
But we we put them into series we
have our premium series which is our
stainless steel and bronze product, we
have our element series which is all of
our aluminum products and has a number
of different finishes, and then we have a
new series called transitions which is
our forged brass and that's a little bit
more price sensitive because not everybody can afford everything
that we make.
I mean we kind of stole the page
out of the German car manufacturing book,
BMW has a 7 series, a 5 series, a three
Mercedes has theirs, we're trying
to do the same thing, so that everybody
can get great design and within their
So whether you have a nice budget or
whether you have a price conscious
budget you've got a covered for them.
Absolutely it's the little details when
you get into what we do.