The NoHAND handle by Manital, designed by Mario Mazzer and Giovanni Crosera, wins the 2020 GOOD DESIGN® Award, a recognition that, since its foundation in 1950, has highlighted the best results achieved by designers and professionals coming from all over the world.
Manital, at its third Good Design, is particularly proud to have achieved this award with NoHAND, a model that represents a new gesture and a new way of conceiving door opening and closing. Designed in the difficult period between March and April 2020, during the lockdown, the handle offers a solution to help deal with similar emergencies in the short and long term.
NoHAND, therefore becoming a reality in a very short time, is a patented model that is destined to improve safety thanks to a novel movement: now the elbow and forearm are the parts of the body delegated to the task of opening.
The Manital’s president, Luigi Bigoloni, explains: “What happened will certainly have repercussions on the ways we live and act, we have seen this during the lockdown and will continue to see this impact as we begin moving forward. Unfortunately, it is likely that situations such as these will repeat themselves in the future, because of this we hope NoHAND serves as a useful contribution to the fight against bacteria and viruses”.
The handle’s design focuses on functionality and ergonomic: a tubular shape with an upward curve and downward return that facilitates the opening and closing of doors while using only the elbow and forearm.
Made of 304 stainless steel, NoHAND is offered in different finishes: satin, glossy, in white and black colors made of epoxy paint. NoHAND is also available on request in an antibacterial copper version.
The Good Design Award, now in its 70th edition, was established by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Edgard Kaufmann. It is organized by “The Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design” and by “European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies”.
The Good Design 2020 winners can be found on the museum’s website at chi-athenaeum.org.