Today, the design and functionality are an inseparable part of our lives, since they surround and permeate us in every one of the actions we take, in whatever area they apply.
At J. J. Vergés we know that very well and we throw ourselves in giving our fittings the best of designs and optimum functionality.
Renowned and experienced designers, employed or external, innovate every day to create unique pieces and new collections.
Designing knobs and handles involves paying much attention to tiny items, developing a design concentrate for small scale objects. The possibility to fully master the variables is interesting: technology, ergonomy, safety, shape, proportions and meaning. In the design of handles we take into consideration that these concepts do not live on their own, but in relationship with the furniture, either in coordination or in contrast with it.
Jorge Pensi Design Studio
Our design work is always characterized by conceiving a whole: when designing a lamp, a chair, a sofa or any other object, everything is determined, nothing is lacking... nothing is missing.
The interesting thing about the design of handles, whether for kitchens or furniture in general, is the possibility of giving the architect or end user a tool that allows him to complete his object with that presence or identity that best suits his personal taste. Our collection of handles faithfully represents our philosophy of design: they are minimal objects but with signs of their own identity, without stridencies, that allow their coexistence with all types of furniture; they are noble and beautiful pieces that will stand the test of time because in their conception we have stayed far from the fleeting trends, usually ephemeral.
Josep J. Teruel i Samsó
In the Studio, the beggining of a design project is marked by the commission of solving a specific problem posed by a specific client. This fixes the limits of the creative journey, leading to the achievement of results. A more delimited mission and a closer co-operation with the designer are bound to produce better results.
The design of a knob or a handle has its own characteristics; it is the element that connects people and furniture. It must be adapted, therefore, to the user: ergonomics, aesthetics; and to the furniture: style, material and finishes; in different environments such as home, office; in different locations: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom; and in various situations: drawers, doors. A challenge for us.
In the studio we have always been steadfast to focussing in pure lines, in the proportion of forms and precise details. We have dedicated half-life to integrate handles in space and now we are headed toward a stage of exploration and reinterpretation of them.
I like talking about handles understood as small sculptural pieces that help define the space, revealing its deepest meaning. It is about meditative designs, a statement of timelessness, simplicity and balance.
In the process of ideation, we need a powerful concept and to subtly convey this primal idea to the user. If this is achieved, the handle will furnish a plus of personality and poise to the furniture, giving it distinction and impressing it with character.
After years under the dictatorship of minimalist design, that in the furniture sector meant the tendency to suppress the handle, it re-emerges. We are immersed in a new era, where the user seeks authenticity, durability, connectivity and uniqueness in consumer objects. This new paradigm means that we designers should identify and interpret these new needs, to anticipate them and to propose new aesthetic languages ... great challenges lie ahead.
Design for me is to lavish attention on forms of everything with which we interact in our daily lives. Not only objects but also intangibles such as services and others. Although in my case basically my entire career has been focused on the field of product design, I believe that in recent years and in a very subtle way in this regard, the relationship with the objects to design has incorporated values that are not merely formal.
The handle is, and no doubt, a little jewel of daily use that, apart from the mechanical function, clearly represents the style and the way to interpret the aesthetics of the user and as such makes more enjoyable the experience of use of the furniture where it is incorporated.
I sympathize with a system based on simplicity, without accessory ornaments or extravagance. I seek beauty in the form of the objects I design, in their proportions, in the choice of materials, trying to make them objects with personality and timeless. I make sure that they are useful products and operating in accordance to the needs for which they have been designed.
All these features, which I hope define my style, I do not have them in mind at the beginning of the creative process, where I collect all kinds of uncontrolled ideas that develop and complement each other until they take the form of a new design that I refine and in which I look after every detail until I feel identified with it.
For me industrial design is something magical and day-to-day that relates to the user creating a lifestyle. They are dreams, creative ideas, functional, full of lines and colors. The design creates and improves objects and products, making them more attractive and practical, changing and improving people's lives.
Design on the handle is like common sense: users must be taken into account. Even though almost everyone is different, providing ergonomics, simplicity and functionality in each of their styles. But I am sure that each fitting in its style is stroked with firm, pleasant and warm touch, enhancing in each furniture its personality and beauty, without ever neglecting its function, the reason why it has been created, which for me is basic and essential.