Design Document

Farnsworth Lever Handle from 1950

“Less is More”, stated Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), the famous Modernist German-American architect.

As the last director of the Bauhaus School of Weimar, Germany, he emigrated to the United States before WWII. His designs were simple architectural forms with rational proportions that excluded extraneous detailing. His most famous project in Canada is the Modernist ‘International Style’ Toronto-Dominion Centre, the first building of this complex having been built in 1967.

The 1950 Farnsworth House of Plano, Illinois was designed by Mies van der Rohe and included a custom-designed lever handle by the architect. The drawings of the lever handle are at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York City.

Today the Farnsworth lever handle from 72 years ago is an example of a door hardware design that can be reproduced by the NYC door hardware manufacturer Hamilton Sinkler for clients seeking an efficient and simple Modernist design.

ADH Fine Hardware is pleased to be Hamilton Sinkler’s premier showroom in Canada and collaborates with this door hardware manufacturer on behalf of architects and interior designers seeking exceptional quality period reproductions from the mid-20th Century and earlier.

Contact us if you’d like to have Farnsworth reproduction door lever handle sets or another iconic design from the past for your exceptional home.