These door handles were originally designed for the administrative offices of the giant I.G. Farben paint factory in Frankfurt.
The building, which was completed in 1931, is the best-known work by the German architect, painter and set designer, Hans Poelzig.
One of the progenitors of the modern movement. Poelzig participated in the first major International Style project, the 1927 Die Wohnung expo.
The event saw the construction of an entire estate of modernist dwellings in the elevated Weissenhof suburb of Stuttgart.
Poelzig contributed a prototype single family house alongside works by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Gropius and Behrens among others.
His imposing I.G. Farben building still stands and has become the centrepiece of the Goethe University campus in Frankfurt. Poelzig died in 1936, aged 67.
The nickel-plated aluminium door handles I’m offering here are of later manufacture, probably early 1950s.
Siegfried Gronert, Türdrücker der Moderne, eine Designgeschichte, W. König, Köln, 1991