Enrico Cassina door handleAs I was preparing to create a roundup of Italian luxury furniture brands one curious fact suddenly stood out. There is a small, but important niche in the furniture market which is dominated by Italian companies. Door handles! There are literally dozens of manufacturers that specialize in designing and manufacturing a wide variety of absolutely exquisite door handles and knobs. Most of these products will never make an appearance at your local hardware store, but if you ever decide that you want to add a unique Italian touch to your home or office you should definitely explore these options. Keep in mind that this list only explores the companies that almost exclusively operate in the door handle business. There will be little or no mention of excellent Italian firms that produce a wide variety of products (such as Meroni Serrature). You will only learn about the brands that have shown their passion for those things that make doors possible and usable. If the phrase “dumb as a door knob” does not translate well into Italian, blame these people. Their products have a unique look and they are designed with ease and convenience in mind.

Colombo Design

Colombo Design Grande Slider“Green made” handles with the focus on design, function and durability.  The company’s stated commitment is to create masterpieces that will serve as inspiration to all who use them in their daily lives.

DND by Martinelli

Stunning handles and knobs for any application.

Enrico Cassina

Enrico Cassina handleThis brand dates back to a family operated business. Their beautiful modern handles and historic reproductions have to pass 10 individual test before shipping.


This company has been around since 1925. They specialize in traditional dna rustic designs.

Frosio Bortolo

This company operates two brands: Forme (modern and contemporary designs) and Class (classic designs using Swarovski elements).


This brand is apparently controlled by Valli&Valli. It represents elegance and sophistication.

Il Forgiato

Il Forgiatto handleLooking for an old-time style that looks authentic? This company uses traditional methods and materials. They can even recreate a item that you have in your hands or in your head. Items can be naturally aged to look as authentic as possible.


Classic, modern and contemporary designs of the highest quality. These handles are 100% Italian-made. Utmost attention is payed to everything from design to fabrication. The brass used by Mandelli is melted at cast at their own facility.

Linea Cali

Linea Cali door handleItalian made products. The compamy strives to put the soul into each design. Very high end pieces of astonishing beauty.


All Italian, prestigious and innovative. Some of their lines are meant for the general market.


Door handles as art.


This company is over 100 years old. All of their products are manufactured in Italy.


This company dates back to 1975 and has a very extenseive catalog. Reguitty prides itself in high quality production and it actively pursues international markets.


Classic and modern handles that are designed to effortlessly fit any trend


100% Italian made products for many applications: handles, knobs, bars etc.

Divine Door Handle
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Slowear is quite likely the best Italian luxury label you have never heard of. The company pays very little attention to marketing, instead it remains focused on preserving the great traditions of Italy’s textile industry and tailoring. Slowear is technically a constellation of several Italian brands: Incotex, which exclusively manufactures trousers, Zanone, which concentrates on knitwear, Montedoro which is responsible for outerwear, and Glanshirt (wanna guess what this one makes?). Slowear‘s take on fashion is unusual, but very appealing to men and women who understand the value of timeless design concepts. These products could have been worn in the 1950s and they will look just as good decades from now. Much attention is payed to detail and the quality of all the materials. It is no secret that Slowear is somewhat inspired by the “slow food” concept. Although it is difficult to draw up a mission statement that would circumscribe both “slowear” and “slow food,”  I would suggest that the key to understanding this phenomenon is in respectful appreciation for the necessities of life. When applied to clothing, this principle means that true quality of craftsmanship and design have the power to liberate us from the fleeting fashions of post-modernity.

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Italian luxury car brands and national identity

Italian sunglasses: brands and traditions

Italian luxury door handles

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Panerai watches: How to spot a fake?

June 24, 2011

Panerai is on of the best known luxury watch brands. As a result there are many replicas and imitations that you can find on the market. In many cases these watches are explicitly sold as replicas, which leaves them in a strange gray area, in legal terms (unless they shamelessly use Panerai name and insignia). […]

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