The Future of Door Hardware: A Look at Emtek's Latest Experiment
Updated: Mar 31
As an interior designer, staying up-to-date with the latest home design trends is a crucial part of my job. That's why I was thrilled to attend the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in 2023. While at the event, I made a stop at the Emtek booth to visit my rep, Allen Zukerman, and see what was new. To my surprise, I discovered something completely fresh: a line of metal door hardware that patina'd in three finishes. What's more, the entire line was fully interchangeable. I spoke with the designer, William Zhang, and learned that this product was an experiment – an attempt to see if this on-trend approach to customization was something that consumers would consider valuable. In this blog post, I'm excited to share what I learned and why I think this new product line is destined to be a game-changer.
First, let's talk about the design itself. The new line of door hardware from Emtek is truly unique. Available as both knobs and levers, these handles come in three finishes: Aqua Verde which has a green/blue patina, Torch with a rainbow effect patina, and Tiger's Eye with brown and red shades of patina. As that this is more of an experiment, most of these were not sealed with lacquer, and will continue to patina with age creating a beautifully unique look that will change over time. I love this idea of hardware that evolves with your home. It's perfect for those who want a personalized touch that feels authentic and intentional.
Another thing to note is that this hardware is not just on-trend – it's also timeless. The look of aged metal is classic and enduring, which means that this investment will last for years to come. It's also a perfect fit for those who want to infuse their home with a bit of artistry. The combination of metal and patina creates a look that feels authentic and handmade. It's a nod to the artisanal movement that's been picking up steam in recent years.
In conclusion, Emtek's latest experiment in door hardware is an exciting development for the world of design. It's a product that allows homeowners and designers to be truly creative, all while maintaining a classic and enduring style. The ability to mix and match finish options, create customized combinations, and watch the hardware evolve with age is truly unique. I believe that we'll be seeing a lot more of this style in the years to come – and I, for one, can't wait to incorporate it into my own designs.