Interia Design – The ‘O’ Series Architectural Hardware

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 17th July 2012

‘The O Series’ door handles by Interia Design and Architecture, showing this weekend as part of Design Island  at Design:Made:Trade

‘The O Series’ door handles by Interia Design and Architecture – clockwise from top left, ‘Stealth’, ‘Curvy’, ‘The Big O’ and ‘Kaboom’! Photos by Dean Baird.

Design:Made:Trade is on again in Melbourne this weekend, and whilst browsing the lineup I was drawn to a couple of new finds.  Design Island is a collective which serves to promote the best of Tasmanian object design and small scale production, representing 15 design studios from the apple isle.  It’s an inspired initiative from The Design Centre Tasmania, based in Launceston, and run by Rye Dunsmuir, who is also the co-ordinator of the Tasmanian Design Award.

Interia Design and Architecture are one Design Island exhibitor who instantly caught my eye – they’ll be showing their unique new range of handcrafted timber door handles at D:M:T later this week.  Entitled ‘The O Series’, this simple, elegant range is created entirely from high quality timber offcuts from the local manufacturing industry.

Interia Design and Architecture is located just outside of Hobart, headed up by husband and wife team Karryn Dargie and Dean Baird.  The bulk of their work is architectural and interior design projects – both residential and commercial, but last year Karryn and Dean were inspired to develop their own range of door hardware.

‘We decided to design exactly what we couldn’t source for one of our residential projects’ says Karryn. ‘Our ‘knobs’ are exactly what we would like to specify for our own projects – natural, tactile materials in simple, classic shapes’ she says.

This industrious creative pair have lots more product design in the pipeline!  They are currently developing the next two series in their hardware range – The Flat Series and The Linear Series, as well as a series of recessed pulls.  ‘We really enjoy balancing our interior design and architecture with product design’ says Karryn. ‘We are keen to further explore the world of decorative hardware and homeware products, and have plans for objects made from a range of different materials. We would also like to develop functional products that offer solutions to some of the common problems faced by architects and interior designers – ceiling clutter is my latest obsession!’.  Oh my – this is a woman with an eye for detail!  Can’t wait to see what comes next from Karryn and Dean!

Look out for Interia’s beautiful range alongside other design gems from Tasmania at the Design Island stand at Design:Made:Trade this weekend in Melbourne.

PS. Tassie has a long history of excellent craftsmanship, particularly when it comes to timber and furniture manufacturing.  Keep your eyes peeled for Designed Craftsmanship 2012 – another excellent design initiative which will bring together five of Australian furniture designers with key Tasmanian suppliers and manufacturers.  The resulting product range will launch at Saturday in Design in Melbourne next month.  Seems to me Tassie design and production might be having a bit of a renaissance… watch this space!

An early prototype of ‘The Big O’ in Celery Top Pine.  Photo by Jonathan Wherrett.
Left to right – Dean Baird, Nick Randall, Karryn Dargie.  Nick (centre) collaborated with Karryn and Dean on ‘The Big O’ – their first piece of door hardware. This photo was taken at the DOT (Designed Objects Tasmania) Workshop.  Photo by Jonathan Wherrett.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 17th July 2012


  • Camilla @Designalogue 4 years ago

    Beautiful & perfectly timed for me! Ive been looking high & low & far & wide for some interesting door hardware of late – & now here tis!

  • Jade 4 years ago

    These look like the Muuto Dots.

  • Miss Polly 4 years ago

    I am not one for blowing sunshine where it isnt due but I love the new direction of your blog. It is fabulous….love the wider ranging and higher quality design content. If you are intentionally looking for more interesting, edgy and lesser known subjects for stories it is certainly showing.
    The new look and photo size layout is fabulous.
    I am back hooked.

  • The Yellow Dance Spot 4 years ago

    Oh I love these, remind me of the kitchen cabinet door handles my mother sourced in the 70’s for our ‘modern’ kitchen!

  • Georgina Campbell 4 years ago

    ooo oohh, I love them

  • Sarah 4 years ago

    I saw these at DMT and thought they were stunning – so lovely to touch. ‘The Big O’ might just be the perfect solution for our bedroom built-ins – like Camilla, I’ve been looking everywhere for interesting knobs too.

  • Ariel 4 years ago

    Great blog. I’ve been wondering how to put a twist on my door knobs. I’m so glad I found your site. When I Design A Room, I like to get into the smallest of details. I’m using Simply Decorate to help me. Even though I work for them, I can honestly say because of them, I am having lots of fun redecorating. You should check out their site.

  • Jane McDavitt 1 year ago

    Where can you purchase the O Series door handles.

  • Aida 1 month ago

    Would love these beautiful handles. How do I order them?? Please

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