tactile gestures

Touching a door handle is one of the first sensorial encounters an individual experiences when entering a room. Yet the design of this omnipresent element generally serves purely function – cold metals and antibacterial finishes dominate the built environment. By changing the door handle’s look and feel, would it be possible to influence a person’s perception and experience of the space he or she is about to set foot in? It’s a question Jeroen van de Gruiter addresses by means of various material interventions, using tactile fabrics ranging from suède to silicone. Aptly titled Tactile Gestures, De Gruiter’s project emphasises the fact that the transitional objects not only define a space’s atmosphere, but leave a long-lasting impact of encounters with the space through memories.