Wittgenstein's Fingerprint

FSB prototype, 2006

When German door handle manufacturer Franz Schneider Brakel sent out invitations to a revival of the legendary door handle workshop of 1987 (when Hans Hollein, Mario Botta and Alessandro Mendini were among the participants), EOOS took it as a prime opportunity to reflect on “ridding an object of all details”. In homage to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s

radically reduced designs, EOOS developed a pair of door handles that not only does without all details, but ultimately also without keyholes. By means of a sensor that analyzes the biometrical data of fingerprints, the “key” is built into the handle. All electronic components are hidden away in the handle.


photos: FSB, EOOS