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The Gladstone Hotel Elevator Button Plate

Gladstone Hotel Elevator Button Plate. The great 20th Century French-American designer, Raymond Loewy, had a tremendous influence on streamlined-looking fashionable product and industrial designs, including decorative hardware plates for light switches, electrical outlets and the very special solid bronze elevator stop button plates of Canada’s magnificently restored Gladstone Hotel. Loewy’s influence was without precedence. His own original designs included the iconic 1934 locomotive for the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Greyhound Silversides motor coach of 1940. He affected all forms of interior fashion, from the late 1920s to the 1950s. Other designers copied his streamlined look in electrical plates, toasters, radios, clocks, chrome furniture and Bakelite cabinet knobs and pulls. The Toronto Gladstone Hotel was built in 1889 in the [...]

The Gladstone Hotel Elevator Button Plate2021-11-26T19:23:58+00:00

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” – Bauhaus Door Lever

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” – Bauhaus. One of the best ways to appreciate early 20th century decorative hardware designs is to watch classic films from the 1930’s. As a door furniture specialist, one movie I recently watched caught my attention. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1934), captures the glamour and excitement of vacationing in a luxury ski resort in St. Moritz, Switzerland. A key scene hinges on a very fashionable Bauhaus-inspired design lever lockset. A man is mysteriously shot at a party, and with his last breaths, he hands over a key to his room to his dancing partner, with instructions on where to get an important [...]

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” – Bauhaus Door Lever2021-10-29T18:21:15+00:00

The Kenwood House, London

The Kenwood House, London. In early April last year I visited the magnificent Kenwood House in Hampstead, London. The feature films Sense and Sensibility and Notting Hill were filmed here in 1995 and 1999, respectfully. During the late 1750s William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield commissioned the most famous of the three Adam Brothers, Robert Adam (1728-1792), to remodel the mansion with the most fashionable neoclassical interiors of the period. Purchased by the Anglo-Irish philanthropist Lord Iveagh of Guinness brewing fame in 1925, it was donated to the British nation in 1927 upon his death. The Adam Brothers were known for including Roman decorative motifs like garlands, vases, urns, arabesque vine scrolls, swags and ribbons on their [...]

The Kenwood House, London2021-10-09T15:54:01+00:00

Classic Brass Park Lane

With Mid-century modern design influences, the Classic Brass Park Lane collection cabinet knob and pull with their gentle curves are a contemporary representation of the best of fluid American design.

Classic Brass Park Lane2021-09-21T14:48:08+00:00

Classic Brass Hutter

Cabinet knobs with concentric circles are geometric rational representations of Classical thought. The attractive Hutter knob by Classic Brass is the epitome of this design statement.

Classic Brass Hutter2021-09-08T14:48:24+00:00

Armac Martin

Armac Martin Armac Martin, the United Kingdom’s leading manufacturer of luxury cabinet knobs and pulls, has made exceptional cast and machined hardware since 1929 in Birmingham, England. Beautiful Armac Martin finishes are available in polished, antiqued, satin and patinated brasses. Hand-polished electroplated nickels and chromes, for maximum durability and richness of finish, are also available. Bespoke services are offered, including CAD technical drawings and resin 3D printed prototypes for custom knobs and pulls. Manufacturer's catalogue: armacmartin.co.uk Shop best-selling Armac Martin products in our online store.

Armac Martin2021-11-02T18:20:36+00:00

Classic Brass Après

This Bauhaus-inspired cabinet pull from Classic Brass is a direct adaptation of a Gropius and Meyer 1928 Bauhaus door lever handle. The machine-aesthetic styling of the Après pull is available in either a smooth handle or detailed with a diamond pattern.

Classic Brass Après2021-08-03T20:08:45+00:00

ADH – STRAAT Hardware

ADH - STRAAT Hardware ADH – STRAAT Hardware, with our Canadian and foreign manufacturing partners, offers stunning products at exceptional prices. We offer bespoke services, including original CAD drawings and resin prototypes, from our Toronto Studio before manufacturing. Shop best-selling ADH-STRAAT products at our online store.

ADH – STRAAT Hardware2021-11-02T18:17:39+00:00

100% Design Show

Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ADH Fine Hardware Company was pleased to introduce the finest cabinet knobs and handles from Canada and the United States at the 100% Design show, during the London Design Festival.

100% Design Show2021-08-03T19:09:50+00:00

Olaria Barcelona

Olaria Barcelona Joaquín Olaria García founded the company in 1934, dedicated to produce the highest quality hardware in artisan way. Joaquín Olaria Aguilar followed him and currently it is managed by his son, Albert Olaria Ricart. Olaria has supplied high end hardware to the most emblematic buildings of Barcelona such as Casa Berenguer, Casa Milà (in 1987) of Gaudi architect, Old Ritz Hotel, Avenida Palace Hotel, refurbishment of Majestic Hotel, and luxury commercial shops in the city and yachts. Shop Olaria Barcelona at our online store.

Olaria Barcelona2020-04-14T19:29:33+00:00

Classic Brass

Classic Brass Classic Brass, founded in 1996 by J. Christopher Creighton, manufactures exceptional period reproduction cabinet knobs, pulls and door hardware. Inspired by original Federal, American Bauhaus and contemporary 21st-century designs, Classic Brass is a world leader in exceptional quality, handcrafted solid brass hardware. Manufacturer's catalogue: classic-brass.com Shop best-selling Classic Brass products in our online store.

Classic Brass2021-11-02T16:28:39+00:00

Schaub

Schaub The Lumiere knob by Schaub evokes the turning light beams of United States West Coast lighthouses. The complementing handle is an abstract addition. Manufactured with the highest quality polymethyl methacrylate acrylic glass, this charming contemporary design excites with its romantic coastal charm. Manufacturer's catalogue: schaubandcompany.com Shop best-selling Schaub products at our online store.

Schaub2021-11-02T18:13:56+00:00

Sun Valley Bronze Hardware

Sun Valley Bronze Family owned and operated since 1992, Sun Valley Bronze is the original solid bronze cabinet and door furniture company produced with alloys of copper and architectural-grade silicon. Located in the resort town of Sun Valley in Idaho, the manufacturer creates magnificent hardware with refined finishes. All pieces are hand-finished and unique, with no two pieces ever looking exactly alike. Sun Valley Bronze’s designs include stylish handles that may be ordered with sophisticated bespoke wood inlays. Manufacturer's catalogue: sunvalleybronze.com Shop best-selling Sun Valley Bronze products at our online store.

Sun Valley Bronze Hardware2021-11-02T18:25:24+00:00

Rocky Mountain Hardware

Rocky Mountain Hardware Award winning Rocky Mountain Hardware uses only the finest art-grade bronzes to create beautiful hardware pieces that are lifetime guaranteed. Founded by Mark and Patsy Nickum in Idaho, RMH produces cabinet knobs, handles and door furniture ideal for recreational properties where a casual yet luxurious appearance is desired. Manufacturer's catalogue: rockymountainhardware.com Shop best-selling Rocky Mountain Hardware products at our online store.

Rocky Mountain Hardware2021-11-02T18:21:54+00:00

Olaria Barcelona

Olaria Barcelona Founded in Barcelona, Catalonia, in 1934, Olaria is a family firm famous for Mid-Century Modern period reproductions. Known for its signature hand-hammered surfaces, the family takes great pride in producing individual pieces with exceptional craftsmanship. Olaria is recognized for its significant contributions to the supply of elegant handles for some of Europe’s finest yachts. Manufacturer's catalogue: olariabarcelona.com Shop best-selling Olaria Barcelona products at our online store.

Olaria Barcelona2021-11-02T16:31:41+00:00

Canadian Builders Hardware

CBH Canadian Builders Hardware, with its factory in Toronto, is Canada’s premier manufacturer of solid brass, solid bronze and architectural-grade stainless steel cabinet hardware for modern homes. As CBH has its own dedicated and propriety electroplating facilities within its premises, this manufacturer produces stunning finishes at exceptional prices, including custom pieces. Manufacturer's website: cbhmfg.com

Canadian Builders Hardware2021-03-18T15:28:02+00:00

Top Knobs

Top Knobs Top Knobs is an American supplier of decorative hardware for kitchen and bath cabinetry manufacturers. Founded in 1994, this firm is popular with interior designers, as its designs are relevant to changing home fashions. Always at the forefront of interesting American home trends, Top Knobs continues to evolve with new styles that elicit approval from all with good design sense. Manufacturer's catalogue: topknobs.com Shop best-selling Top Knobs products at our online store.

Top Knobs2021-11-02T18:16:30+00:00

ALNO

ALNO Located in Sylmar, California, next to the Los Angeles National Forest, Alno is known for its exceptional minimalist designs. The renowned German-American architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, famous for stating, “Less is More”, would have been tremendously impressed with the functional simplicity of Alno designs. Manufacturer's catalogue: alnoinc.com Shop best-selling Alno products at our online store.

ALNO2021-11-02T18:12:02+00:00

Emtek

EMTEK Founded in 1981, Emtek is a division of the world’s largest door openings hardware manufacturer, ASSA Abloy. Located near Pasadena, California, their popular designs and competitive pricing reflect both West and East coast American influences. With traditional and contemporary knobs and handles, Emtek has wonderful designs to please all. Manufacturer's catalogue: emtek.com Shop best-selling EMTEK products at our online store.

Emtek2021-11-02T18:18:58+00:00

Belwith-Keeler

Belwith-Keeler With a history dating back to 1893, Belwith-Keeler has a tradition of designing and producing unique cabinet knobs and handles for America’s furniture manufacturers. The brand prides itself on fashionable and relevant detailing that takes its influences from the best of interior home trends. Fine kitchens and bathrooms look stunning with Belwith-Keeler. Manufacturer's catalogue: belwith-keeler.com Shop best-selling Belwith-Keeler products at our online store. Hickory Hardware Hickory Hardware, a division of Belwith Products, LLC, manufacturers popular cabinet knobs and handles at competitive pricing. With 48 finishes, the brand complements all cabinet door and drawer paint and stain colours. Manufacturer's catalogue: hickoryhardware.com Shop best-selling Hickory Hardware products at our online store. [...]

Belwith-Keeler2021-11-02T18:27:33+00:00