Madona derives it inspiration from a sensual form, this handle was supposed to be like moldable clay wherein it would just mold into the hand of the person who holds it. Thus being a handle cast in metal the visual form was desired to be soft and pleasing. Ergonomics and the inner curvature of the hand are the dominant factors for the determination of this form. Being an accessory product it had look aesthetically pleasing with functional utility this handle had to suit both the purposes.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The madona door handle has a unique design of surfaces in double axis. This handle has been designed to give a heavy feel in the hand. the form of this handle is completely derived from the inner curvature of the hand when holding an object of this nature. Since this form was desired to be like mold-able clay the overall curvatures of the form had be fitting into a lot of hands of different sizes and shapes.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
the door handle is a very functional product for the door to function, but little thought had been provided that this product had to look aesthetically pleasing as well. The first time a user see this door handle he know what had to be used to operate it.
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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
This handle is manufactured in brass by pressure die casting and then CNC machining for scraping of the excess metal. the product is then taken up for buffing and final surface finishing to be coated in gold, silver of steel finish by electroplating.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
This handle is manufactured in brass which is a soft metal and and is then electroplated in real gold, silver and bronze finishes.
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moldabilty of brass was studied and methods were thus derived for casting a double axis object. specific processes were thus innovated to suit such machining and finishing of dual axis solid metal surface.
The second research was conducted with clay models of the handle with a large user base from various ages to understand the fitting of the form into the hands of the users. clay impressions were then studied to derive the final form of the handle.
molding a liquid metal in dual axis posed the biggest challenge in the design.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
pratyay chakrabarti and devesh bhatia