the swan-neck handle

the assignment prompt seemed simple enough— design a lever-style door handle with a main body, cast in bronze and at least one other part in another material.

however, simplicity was a challenge rather than an asset in this assignment.

early sketches

early sketches revolved around familiar forms, explorations of the hand and different types of recurrent grip designs. Eventually, research and ideation led me to an exploration of traditional 'handles' that were used in cups, mugs, and other vessels.

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from this research, the swan shape emerged. this shape kept coming up again and again in the context of a handle, and so I began to explore possible avenues of design that evoked this fluid shape.

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final form sketch

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modeling process

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