Truly memorable architecture is informed by innovative thinking that permeates all aspects of design, from the initial concept down to the smallest detail. And details can be crucial. For instance, the shape, colour, proportions and material chosen for door and window hardware can impact profoundly on a building’s overall appearance
FSB are specialists in providing hardware for architectural projects at all scales and in all locales. They know exactly what’s required: components that precisely reflect and embody a particular design ethos. A new FSB hardware range is based on this principal. It embraces all aspect of door and window design, and ensures that fittings are always in keeping with the overall architectural concept. FSB can supply a range of components - door lever handles, hinges, door closers, locks and cylinders, window handles - as well as accessories, such as door stops and finger plates.
Finishes to suit all requirements
New finishes include Aluminium Silver Anodised, Stainless Steel Satin Matt and Bronze Bright Patinated. A two-stage staining process provides a high degree of surface compaction on Aluminium Silver Anodised products, so this finish is particularly resistant to the effects of corrosion, light and the elements. Hardware with a Stainless Steel Satin Matt finish is ideal for heavily used door and window fittings. The proportions of chrome and nickel in the stainless steel make it extremely easy to maintain and exceedingly corrosion resistant. Made from a copper-tin alloy that is 92% copper, bronze furniture by FSB boasts an unbeatable resistance to corrosion, a high degree of tensile strength and immense hardness. The high proportion of copper in the alloy also has antiseptic properties, so Bronze Bright Patinated finishes are ideal for use in hospitals and care units with exacting hygiene regimes.
A meticulous, holistic approach
Based in eastern Westphalia, FSB has immense expertise on all hardware-related issues. This is constantly demonstrated through its globally interactive ITT specification service, in which FSB specialists coordinate the proportions, finishes and functions of hardware ensembles with the utmost precision. In this highly skilled process, FSB echoes the responsive approach adopted by the architect philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, an approach that regards the function and application of any building element as an essential part of the conceptual whole.
During the early stages of the design process, FSB’s public project consultants can take account of bespoke fitment requirements, as well as budgetary specifications, local building regulations and technical and functional parameters, thereby relieving architects and builders of time-consuming minutiae. They can also provide customised specimen panels that enable architects and clients to directly appraise the products involved and literally take hold of them, bringing design concepts vividly to life.