2022 / Design For Society / Designs for Social Impact / Professional

Hands-Free Pulls

  • Prizes
    Winner in Design for Society/Designs for Social Impact
  • Company
    pba S.p.A., Italy
  • Lead Designer
    Gensler
  • Project Link

Since the pandemic began, and touchless interface became an imperative, one of the most frequent requests from the designers, owners, and occupants of commercial spaces has been for hands-free door pulls — hardware that allows users to enter and exit with their wrists, forearms, and elbows instead of their fingers and palms. Hand-crafted in AISI 316L stainless steel and ADA compliant, the Hands-Free Door Pull collection is the perfect synthesis of functionality and sculptural elegance, proving that high-utility products don’t have to undermine the visual integrity of the built environment.

Bio
pba is the premier brand of AISI 316L stainless steel, the hardest, most resistant and elastic of steels, of polyamide 6, the most noble of thermoplastic resins, of aluminum EN-AW 6, smooth and durable, and of antimicrobial copper. We develop our main themes: door and window levers, pulls and locking pulls, millwork pulls, hands-free pulls, and all the accessories for a “life safe and without barriers”: the Design for All bathroom accessories, the Hand Sanitizer Cover and the Hand-Rail collections.

Other prizes
pba has always collaborated with the most important international designers to develop unique products. pba has been nominated with the Red Dot Award for the handle IT.150 and has been awarded for the handle Elica. The lever Elica has also received a nomination for the Compasso D’Oro Award. The locking pull collection K-Lock has been also nominated for the Compasso D'oro Award. Programma CAP, designed on the concept "to hand the cap" has been awarded with the ADI Ceramics & Bathroom Award and won the third award at Global Future Design Awards. The Everyone Millwork pulls collection competed as finalist for the IDEA award. The Hand Sanitizer Cover collection won the #METROPOLISLIKES NYCXDESIGN and Health Program is an Interior Design magazine NYCXDESIGN awards finalist in the Health + Wellness category. The Platform Series is a Global Future Design Awards Winner.

Photo Credit: Pba S.p.a.