Schwinn: Kitchens become less of a workspace

Schwinn changes things up in the kitchen: Grabbing attention with textured railing pulls

Subtle, delicate, or expressive like a torsion pipe in a power plant – the new Schwinn railing pulls cover a wide range of textures and all of them are available in any length.

With this new collection Schwinn, known mostly for their pulls used in living room and bathroom applications, is making a strong push into the kitchen market. The new products are shown at SICAM 2019 in Pordenone, Italy.

Expressive like a torsion pipe in a power plant. The new Schwinn railing pulls cover a wide range of textures and all of them are available in any length. Photo: Schwinn

As kitchens are integrated into an open plan, they become less of a workspace. Transitions are seamless and relaxed accent pieces are showing up in places where everybody is coming together to cook, bake, eat, and celebrate. Decorative hardware is part of this development.

 

There is no doubt that railing pulls are an important part of many kitchens. With this new collection Schwinn is using an on trend and varied design language. The designs range from very slim but sturdy to substantial with solid material.

Precise craftsmanship demonstrates its strengths in industrial style

Embossed steel tubes with diagonal lines are reminiscent of cooling pipes used in power plants. The faceting is created by triangles forming diamond shapes. Knurled aluminum bars are referencing nutmeg graters without the sharp edges.

The “Torx” screw heads on the sides of the pull recall imagery of machines and engines. The bark-like texture is appropriated from anchors used in the construction industry.

Knurled aluminium bars are referencing nutmeg graters without the sharp edges. Photo: Schwinn

The overarching theme for all new Schwinn railing pulls is an industrial style reaching back to professional and commercial kitchens. Surfaces and textures are finely detailed and realized using special techniques. These handles feel great to the touch and look stunning on any kitchen front.

The faceting handlebar is created by triangles forming diamond shapes. Photo: Schwinn

Multiple different bases and bars are the key elements for endless combinations. Schwinn supplies railing handles in any length covering all possible center to center dimensions. Metallic finishes are dominant and range from titanium to bronze, gold, and matte black.

The overarching theme for all new Schwinn railing pulls is an industrial style. Photo: Schwinn

 

The “Vienna Cane” pattern – a modern design classic – is now woven into a new pull design

Open, delicate and distinctive – a new tab pull presented at the Schwinn booth at SICAM Pordenone, Italy, October 15-18, 2019. Inspired by the prominent design of the woven cane seat of the Vienna coffee house chair, the new see-through tab pull allows veiled views of the cabinet in a kitchen or living room.

Schwinn: A new tab pull is inspired by the prominent design of the woven cane seat of the Vienna coffee house chair. The new see-through tab pull allows veiled views of the cabinet in a kitchen or living room. Photo: Schwinn

Developed around 1850 by Michael Thonet who captured the charming character of the Vienna coffee house with the design of his chair this woven cane pattern is currently experiencing a revival in furniture design. Beyond a renewed interest in the traditional chair there are new applications of the design and material in screens, lighting, furniture door panels, and table tops.

Capitalizing on its expertise and nearly 100 years of knowledge of working with metals Schwinn was able to translate the essence of the design into a tab pull. The functional character of the pull respects the aesthetic and cultural value of its inspiration.

Schwinn was able to translate the essence of the “Vienna Cane” design into a tab pull. The deep matt black tone characterises stylistically the 1930s. Photo: Schwinn

The basis of this weaving technique, which uses 4 thin stripes of cane, stretched in 4 directions, probably goes back nearly 4,000 years, are 2 horizontal stripes, 2 perpendicular stripes, and 2 diagonal stripes of cane.

This octagonal pattern was expanded by Ruediger Wolf, who designed the Schwinn pull, to create a harmonious structure. A structure that allows the pull, which is available in 32 and 160 mm C/C, to be used in a non-directional way in a variety of applications.

The new tab pull “Vienna Woven Cane” is suitable for panels up to 19 mm and is fastened to the back of the panel with wood screws. The material can be plated, powder coated, or painted allowing almost unlimited options for custom finishes.

Design competency in decorative hardware – Schwinn connects contemporary design to classic Bauhaus

100 new tools in 15 months, a new collection every year, and a dedicated team of in-house designers and engineers – these are just a few facts that document how important the design and development of custom and exclusive products is for Schwinn.

Typical elements of Bauhaus design play an important role in the Schwinn design development. “Schwinn 2Z384” for example, a circular segment pull, celebrates intersecting geometric shapes. Photo: Schwinn

Schwinn will once again present a range of handles, knobs, hooks and furniture feet showing the depth and breadth of Schwinn’s design oriented approach as a major supplier to the furniture industry.

Right on time for SICAM 2019 Schwinn is publishing an updated version of the “Mood Book 2020” first shown at Interzum. Printed in a limited edition of 150 copies, this large format, opulent volume showcases mostly new designs. It is an expression of a deep dialog with design told through emotionally charged metallic colors, accessories and the sensuality of textures.

Bauhaus principals are the core of the daily work at Schwinn. The differences between art and craft are eliminated through designs that express an industrial style. Railing pulls for kitchens or a recessed pull in antique zinc finish, distressed and complete with decorative screws heads, are good examples for these industrial references. Photo: Schwinn

On 84 pages all carefully researched and curated relevant trends and styles are documented and shown how they have been translated into innovative designs.

Inspired by Bauhaus

The in-house design team is headed by Ruediger Wolf, who is educated in the Bauhaus tradition by third generation Bauhaus masters. In celebration and recognition of the Bauhaus anniversary typical elements of Bauhaus design play an important role in the Schwinn design development.

“Schwinn 2Z384” for example, a circular segment pull, and “Schwinn 2Z383”, a railing handle, both celebrate intersecting geometric shapes.

Beauty through function: Schwinn designed a handle for crates or chests to make lifting a heavy piece of furniture easy and safe. With a “stop-motion” mechanism the handle will not hit the furniture. Photo: Schwinn

Used as a single pull the circular segment halve is a combination of a circle and a square. When installed as a set the attraction of the Bauhaus style fully blossoms. “Schwinn 2Z383” is a play of a line intersecting a slightly angled, soft square. Viewed from top that intersection creates a harmonious cross.

Bauhaus principals are the core of the daily work at Schwinn. The differences between art and craft are eliminated through designs that express an industrial style. Railing pulls for kitchens or a recessed pull in antique zinc finish, distressed and complete with decorative screws heads, are good examples for these industrial references.

Beauty through function.

Functionality is always the foundation for Bauhaus design and Schwinn product development. This basic design goal is best expressed in an innovative Schwinn design for a handle for crates or chests. It was designed to make lifting a heavy piece of furniture easy and safe. With a “stop-motion” mechanism, similar to the ones used in marine applications, the handle will not hit the furniture and provides an ergonomic grip.

“Schwinn 2Z383” is a play of a line intersecting a slightly angled, soft square. Viewed from top that intersection creates a harmonious cross. Photo: Schwinn

Schwinn customers can choose from a collection of over 1500 designs in 24 different finishes. All original Schwinn designs are design and copyright protected.

At the center of the SICAM exhibit was a large work bench style, rustic, solid wood table with concepts, prototypes, and final stage designs meant to be picked up, touched, examined and explored. A wonderful opportunity to get inspired and together develop new, customer exclusive solutions.

The circular segment pull is suitable for solitary application. When installed as a set the attraction of the Bauhaus style fully blossoms. Photo: Schwinn
About Schwinn Beschläge

Founded in 1932 by Peter Schwinn in Ober-Ramstadt (Germany) as a resin turning shop with two employees, today Schwinn Beschläge GmbH develops, manufactures and sells furniture handles and knobs made of steel, plastic and die-cast zinc for the kitchen, bathroom and home furniture industry worldwide the specialized trade.

The company sees itself as a system supplier, development partner and problem solver: from product and design development through toolmaking and production to the diverse surface refinement and assembly, Schwinn offers everything from a single source.

Source and photos: Schwinn Beschläge

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