We had made many attempts in order to fine-tune the Chelsea handle- a phenomenal design of Jean Nouvel. It sprang from his aesthetic sensibility. Interestingly, the idea of Chelsea’s shape crossed his mind when he was working on 22th Avenue in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan, accidently he catched the reflections of a residential tower from the nearby Hudson River. Accordingly, that moment has a huge influence on the handle’s shape. He asked us for an exceptional model and showed his ambition to design an inspiring handle that possesses an unique shape.
Furthermore, Nouvel also eliminated steel in material list due to his artistic senses. He want a smooth material that makes the handle more and more elegant as well as pleasant to the touch. In addition, to complete the perfect handle, the final criterion in choosing material is that it is warm.
These were the requirements that engendered the Chelsea. It is modelled after the print of a hand gripping it, and made in soft, black rubber.
During the project, we and Nouvel experimented with many materials such as wood or glass. Finally, we made a decision to choose porcelain in matte black and shiny white and both of them absolutely marry the aesthetic sensibility of Nouvel with creative spirit of HeleH.