Assa Abloy’s icon brand, Lockwood has announced the commercial release of the first design in its Aquileart range – an innovative new door lever, created by well-regarded architect and industrial designer, Robert Watson.

This Robert Watson design won the 2004 Lockwood Design-a-Lever Award, run in collaboration with the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter, due to its originality, functionality and simplicity.

Robert Watson viewed the competition as an opportunity to demonstrate his creativity with a functional form. The design appears so integrated that it looks to be in total harmony with most door surfaces.

The door lever requires no mounting rose while the designer was able to condense the mechanism and mounting point of the lever. As a result, the operating mechanism is housed within a slender cylinder protruding from the door’s surface.

The initial design presently being manufactured at Assa Abloy’s (formerly Lockwood Security Products) Oakleigh manufacturing plant in Victoria is in aluminium.

Robert Watson runs a successful multi-disciplined practice in Melbourne from where he has worked on some major Australian landmarks including the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Watson’s distinctive career highlights the rare opportunity to work with two world-renowned architectural firms, Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners and Sir Norman Foster and Partners. With these firms, he was involved in major undertakings such as the British Pavilion for the 1992 World Expo in Seville, the Valencia Congress Centre and the refurbishment of the German Reichstag in Berlin.