door handles, door hardware, architectural design hardware

Category : Door Hardware
Date : 13/10/2016

Since 1911 Olivari has been manufacturing handles at its own factories in Italy where the entire production process takes place.

Starting with brass billets, the handles are forged, milled, polished, buffed, chrome-plated and hallmarked with a laser. 

Though it uses the most advanced technology, Olivari preserves all the artisan and wisdom it has accumulated in 100 years of history.

In its century-old history, Olivari has always sought out the maximum in quality, relying on the creativity of the best designers and architects. The Olivari family has handed down its attention to details, the search for innovation, and mainly a passion for its work, from generation to generation.

Battista Olivari founds the company in 1911 in Borgomanero, in the province of Novara; its plants are still there and its handles are entirely manufactured there. In 1926, Battista is succeeded by his wife Antonietta Ramelli, one of the few women directing a company at the time. In the 1930s, the first collaboration with architects begins with Marcello Piacentini and Gio Ponti, two of the important Italian architects of the era.

At the beginning of the year two thousand and ten, contemporary designers and architects such as Stefano Giovannoni, Patricia Urquiola, Jean Nouvel and Daniel Libeskind express themselves with different languages and create minimal sculpted, ergonomic, ironic handles.

A key distinction of the Olivari name is the significant number of interpretations of the “design” concept. The modern handle lives somewhere in the middle of the equation, geometry and the organic, the practical and the inspired.

At Architectural Design Hardware we are pleased to offer you an opportunity to enjoy Olivari design and elegance.


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