According to Walter Gropius, the Gropius handle was made in 1922 in his private workshop in Weimar. At the time, Gropius was director of the State Bauhaus in Weimar. A first variant was used in the conversion of the Stadttheater in Jena and the Otte house in Berlin in the autumn of 1922, as well as in the interior design of the Fagus factory in Alfeld at the end of 1922. In the summer of 1923, the handle was also used in the "Am Horn Experimental House" in Weimar. For the house designed by Georg Muche for the first major Bauhaus show, the door handles and the window handles were created according to the same design principle. The Gropius or Bauhaus handle developed within short time to the most popular lever handle of the new building.
Around 1928 Wilhelm Wagenfeld designed this door handle at the Staatliche Bauhochschule in Weimar – the successor institution to the Bauhaus – which went into production at the Berlin bronze foundry S. A. Loevy. Today, the original Wagenfeld handles can only be found very rarely and are therefore coveted collector's items. A Wagenfeld handle was last offered in an auction by Sotheby's in 1991. Another copy is now owned by the Wagenfeld Foundation in Bremen. In the 1980s, TECNOLUMEN reissued the Wagenfeld design from 1928. The Wagenfeld handle was most widely used to date in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.
Ferdinand Kramer created a purposeful, timeless design. In 1925 he designed this door handle with a conical handle, which we have been manufacturing since 1992, authorized by Ferdinand Kramer's widow. Expanded with new material, the model is also available in brushed or polished stainless steel.