Fashionable Hardware

When we saw H. Theophile's Minimalist Collection, we couldn't imagine a more stunning translation of this year's omnipresent fashion trend. From runways to sidewalks, minimalism has staked its claim on the sartorial turf. It began with the Spring and Fall '11 Ready-to-Wear shows of Celine, Giambattista Valli, and Stella McCartney, who showcased powerfully clean lines and toned-down palettes. And, unlike a few of its ephemeral counterparts, this trend appears to be sticking around.

Simplicity, geometry, and a strict adherence to line define minimalism, and it was with this in mind that Erich Theophile created the Minimalist hardware collection for 2011. Drawing from a set of wooden building blocks used to make architectural models, Erich wanted to create a collection that felt timeless and relevant. As the great-grandson of company founder Hugo Theophile, Erich balances his expertise as a contemporary architect with his sensibility for history, preservation, and the family business.The Minimalist Collection, while certainly trendy, feels as if it could transcend any fixed style and period, and it is this element, according to Erich, that gives the design team at H. Theophile its edge. With a nod to fashion and history, functional hardware has suddenly become sexy and timeless.

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