Danish architect and industrial designer Knud Holscher has been part of d line from the beginning, conceiving our first coordinated line of architectural hardware in 1971 as ‘modest design that is designed to last’.
Holscher graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in 1957, having studied under Arne Jacobsen. Only three years later, he found himself working for his professor on St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and thumbing through stacks of brochures to piece together its finishing touches.
As a result of this frustrating exercise, Holscher came to design a series of award-winning, minimalist architectural hardware for d line, starting with the iconic U and L levers, whose characteristic bend would influence the entire product range.
Having established Knud Holscher Design in Copenhagen in 1995, Holscher has since worked with a team that includes his architect son, Rasmus, and that designs everything from future-proof buildings like Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport, to future-proof hardware for d line.
Holscher has won over 70 awards, including many iF Design Awards that recognise design excellence and date back as far as 1978 and those first lever handles and doorstops for d line.