d line moves into automated access with Friday Lock
We’re adding to our portfolio of timeless, enduring lever handles and locks, with a bold move into home automation. Our heritage design brand is the distributor of the smart Friday Lock, pioneered and produced by Friday Home to a design by BIG IDEAS, the innovation division of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).
THE DESIGN Designed by BIG, the Friday Lock’s curved silhouette is informed by the Danish architect’s primary discipline. Echoing the form of a saddle roof, which is characterised by a convex curve about one axis and a concave one about the other, it’s as striking as it is ergonomic.
Friday Lock has been named the best-looking smart lock on the market by American TechHive and CNET, and its look can be changed to suit any home’s aesthetic, with six interchangeable outer shell finishes including Steel, Brass, Copper, Nickel Satin, Bronze and Gun Metal.
The lock is distributed by our heritage Danish design brand d line, which thus-far has handcrafted architectural hardware, sanitary ware and solutions for barrier-free living by architects and designers such as Knud Holscher and Arne Jacobsen. With this new move into smart home access control, we’re staying true to our philosophy of constantly seeking to innovate across design, engineering and technology, because of our long-held view that as a living thing, design should evolve.
App Accessibility is literally the key to the new app by Friday Home, which allows the Friday Lock to be automatically opened or secured as the user approaches or leaves their home.
Available for both iOS and Android, and downloadable from the Apple Store or Google Play, the app also allows for two types of access for guests: regular, time-limited ‘Reocurring’ invitations; and single, time-allocated ‘Restricted’ invitations.
Firmware As well as being both physically strong and technologically sturdy, Friday Lock’s firmware gives it impressive first-mover features, such as direct integration with WiFi, a connection to which means that a door fitted with Friday Lock can be unlocked or locked from anywhere in the world. This, combined with new functionality, also allows guests to gain ad-hoc permission to enter from remotely-located homeowners.
Friday Lock also works with Apple® HomeKit, so it’s simple to set up via Apple’s Home app and can be seamlessly controlled as part of a home ecosystem that can include lighting, ventilation, security and thermostat systems.
We’re thrilled to present the first pieces of a fuller hardware collection by Tom Dixon at the opening of The Manzoni during Milan Design week.
Tom Dixon returns to Milan after a year’s absence and rethinks how a design brand can embed itself into the heart of Italy’s commercial and cultural capital. Aptly named The Manzoni, the new 100-cover restaurant has been created by Tom’s Design Research Studio. Pre-Opening at the beginning of April to coincide with Milan Design Week, it will re-open just after Salone as a permanent restaurant and a showroom.
Tom says: “After years of doing 5-day exhibition in Milan, we finally decided that we had enough of putting such huge energy into pop-up interventions. We wanted to look at different ways of being present in Milan. With the city being so active and engaging right now, it is the right time to forget being temporary and build something permanent. Just like in London, we don’t think it’s enough to just have a showroom. We need a place where people slow down and experience our products in a live setting. There is nothing dustier than a conventional lighting and furniture showroom. But with The Manzoni, people are able to experience our new collections in an active context.”
New collections showing at The Manzoni in April include FAT, OPAL and SPRING and a special collaboration with d line on a soon-to-be-launched hardware collection. Get a sneak-peak of the first pieces at The Manzoni.
About Tom Dixon
Established in 2002, Tom Dixon is currently present in 68 countries through either direct or indirect commercial operations. The lifestyle brand creates extraordinary objects and spaces for everyday use, pioneering new design and materials and setting new trends in the industry. The latest chapter of Tom’s design journey began in 2002 when he left corporate life to create his own eponymous brand, as a platform for a series of new adventures in the design of products and interiors. Seventeen years on, Tom Dixon is now a widely celebrated global force in interior design with their own hubs in New York, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
A modern classic
Copenhagen, London and New York-based architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is known worldwide for their innovative, sustainable and aesthetically modern approach to design. We have collaborated with BIG IDEAS, the technology-driven special projects division of BIG, on a bathroom series and matching lever handle.
Our collaboration with BIG has been a long-term goal for us, with two years of development. We pursued this project with the knowledge that it would bring about an exciting design and aesthetic addition to d line’s significant product portfolio. Like our collections with Arne Jacobsen and Knud Holscher, our work with BIG has been created to be an enduring design classic; one that will look good in any property for decades to come.
BIG’s pragmatic approach rooted in the beauty and simplicity of Scandinavian design has resulted in a collection that combines form and function for a sum that is greater than the parts.
The Pebble Collection is part of a larger collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group that includes a state-of-the-art smart lock system operated via mobile phone. As a heritage design brand, d line is thrilled to be able to bring timeless quality and contemporary design to our audience.
Beauty and functionality in any space
The Pebble Collection includes a soap dispenser, shower shelf, towel rail, toilet brush, toilet roll holder, coat hook, lever handle, key escutcheon and thumb turn. The pieces are available in matt black, matt white and our signature finish; satin stainless steel.
The collection is playful and luxurious with each piece interacting with the room in a fluid way. The diverse array of items balance elliptical shapes while staying grounded with the tactile nature of the material.
“We are thrilled to follow in the footsteps of Arne Jacobsen and Knud Holscher in collaborating with d line on the creation of a family of products: the Pebble Collection. The new line of products – from the handle to the dispenser and knob – are about giving form to each of the different functions. The balancing elliptical shapes interact playfully with each other and its environment, creating highly tactile and functional objects that complement any interior. The Pebble Collection extends our vision in architecture from the big picture to the small details.” Jakob Lange, Partner and Director of BIG Ideas, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group.
Bringing d line into your home
We recommend the Pebble Collection for offices, retail spaces, hotels, restaurants and residential spaces. These are pieces that make a visual statement while underscoring the importance of good design and functionality.
This collection is especially relevant for private homes. With our focus on top-quality products and clean, visually engaging design, d line’s work with BIG is perfect for those looking to bring aesthetics and functionality into every aspect of their lives. The Pebble Collection will be available through our online store from launch date of 25th March 2019.
As with all our products, this collection is sustainably-produced in our factory in Lithuania. Each item is handcrafted with 50 to 70 per cent recycled steel.
“Just as we did in the 1970s, d line is making a bold statement with both colour and shape with our BIG collection. As we shift our gaze towards a more international outlook, we are excited to include more privately-owned spaces into our portfolio, truly making us a brand for those wanting a Scandinavian and design-focused lifestyle.” – Søren Blangsted, CEO, d line.
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