Levante: the door handle by Maurizio Varratta for Dnd
Levante is a door handle whose edges, curves, and thicknesses have the aim of reaching the essence of a terse, simple form, for an object whose design would be identified with its function. Four finishes available, all satin: chrome, gold, copper, black.
Levante is a product part of the collection “Handling architecture”, developed by Dnd under the artistic direction of Giulio Iacchetti and with the participation of five architeture firms. According to the word of architect Maurizio Varratta, “In a sector where everything has been designed already, it was not easy to avoid the pitfalls of over-design, so during the development of the idea the effort was to rediscover the essential nature of the object through a form that would be as spontaneous as possible”.
Born in Genoa, Maurizio Varratta took a degree in architecture in 1981. From 1983 to 1999 he worked with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. He designs and teaches concurrently – in universities in Italy and abroad; in 1999 he opens his own firm, which works on the development of the whole process from general design to details, while conducting research on technological innovation and industrialization of components for architecture. The firm applies the principles of integrated design, environmental sustainability, quality of space and energy saving, in keeping with various international protocols.