d line’s move into barrier-free is about enabling people, and as with many of the products we design, our leap into this important new area started with a need. We realised that, with 10 per cent of the Western population suffering from a disability and with the global population living longer, our energies could be put into products that, while being attractive, could make life easier and better for all.
When we were approached by the House of Disabled People’s Organisations Denmark to create truly universal architectural ironmongery for the world’s most accessible office building, the organisation’s inspiring ambition to democratise daily life instantly became part of our thinking at d line.
Together Cubo Arkitekter we created bevel-edged levers to minimise bacteria accumulation, realising them in polyurethane for the warm-to-the-touch feel more comfortable for arthritis sufferers. Additionally, black and grey colour options were designed to contrast with door colours in order to help the visually impaired to navigate and see the lever.
Both internally and externally, every detail in the Cubo collection is rigorously tested for seamless functioning so that it endures.