In his first hardware collaboration with E.R. Butler & Co., Chris Lehrecke hones in on the simple shapes he has been drawn to – and celebrated for – throughout his more than 20 years as an award-winning furniture and lighting designer.
The collection of twelve cabinet pulls take their inspiration from a variety of primitive and modern sources – from the asp-hewn stools and metal implements of African tribes to the machinery and industrial components of the turn-of-the-century to the graceful curves of a Brancusi sculpture.
Lehrecke initially created hardware for his own furniture in small quantities due to time and cost constraints. The partnership with E.R. Butler & Co. has allowed him to execute more complex shapes in a variety of iterations. E.R. Butler & Co. turned Lehrecke’s sketches into precise three-dimensional renderings and built custom tools for its computerized milling machines. The pieces are then machined from solid brass rods and undergo a hand-finishing process similar to that of precious jewelry. The result is an important contribution to the world of hardware, which has long overlooked the primitive.
The pulls are available with convex, concave, or flat tops; a subtle difference that changes the way in which the metal attracts and reflects light. Finishes include a satin, hand-pumiced nickel plate and an oxidized ebony patina that wears gently over time. Like all E.R. Butler & Co. hardware, Lehrecke’s work may also be special ordered in other finishes.