Shot-blasted, anodised, ennobled
From the second half of the 20th century, aluminium began its triumphal march into the domains of interior design and design in general. Its technological mystique and pleasant haptic properties opened up new horizons in the use of metal, notably in interior design. This went hand in hand with a growing predilection for colour finishes in dark bronze and brass.
FSB has enhanced its processing of aluminium by adopting a mix of manual and industrial methods that allows each of its many door handle designs to be worked out of the material to optimum effect – regardless of whether a geometrical classic or a moulded-to-the-hand design by Johannes Potente is involved.
FSB is revitalising “its” aluminium material with the aid of anodised colours based on refined matt-velvet aluminium finishes whose inimitable sheen and pleasant haptic quality lend them an allure of a kind never before seen. A conscious attempt to relate to the actual metal is made – “ colour” in the sense of “colourful” is out. This is regardless of whether the host surface is highlighted by means of a metallic colour/finish or whether it is to play a more downbeat role – notably in the case of anodised or powder-coated window and facade profiles – as part of a scheme of coordinated shades.
Far from confining itself to the real metals referred to and their varying degrees of patination, FSB has also borne the commonly marketed facade profile finishes C33 and C35 (EURAS) in mind. In technical and functional terms, shot-blasting an aluminium surface causes it to be compacted much in the same way as occurs during forging, as a result of which shotblasted anodised aluminium finishes are somewhat more resilient to knocks and scratches than traditionally worked and anodised aluminium.