Pollice is a door handle characterized by its formal reference to the thumb. Inspired by Otl Aicher's four principles of gripping, this design emphasizes the thumb brake, which guides the searching hand and is of great importance for a good grip.

“Because the hand can grasp, the mind can comprehend. Because the hand can hold, we can also grasp something in our minds.”
- Otl Aicher

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The thumb naturally seeks direction, a trait evident even in early hand axes. Many objects are designed with a strong orientation towards the thumb, enhancing grip and usability by accommodating its directional tendency.

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Pollice enables a variety of door-opening options. In addition to the conventional key, the electronic door fitting allows for the use of a key card or a numerical code to open the door.

“Door handles are an important physical connection in an increasingly digital world; they open doors for us and constantly remind us of our own physicality. Pollice emphasizes this tactile dimension very clearly.”

The design of Pollice is derived from its use. The thumb brake on the front is the central design feature. This feature has been transferred to the door fitting, marking its cohesiveness, and the bulge conveys a sense of security, acting like a protective hand over the number pad. A status LED communicates to the user whether the input and opening were successful or if there was an incorrect entry.

It is very important to continue making our rapidly changing world physically tangible. Many things can be digitized, creating new, fantastic, and immaterial worlds with unlimited possibilities. But at the end of the day, it is every touch that makes our real world tangible and reminds us to protect it.

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