Designers for Griffwerk

Max Bill

In the 1950s, the founding rector of the Ulm School of Design Max Bill collaborated with his student Ernst Moeckl to design a door handle for the school building. The Ulm Handle was relaunched in 2013.

Working closely with Dr. Jakob Bill, the son of Max Bill who is currently chairman of max, binia + jakob bill foundation, Ulm-based company Griffwerk has reproduced a handle that matches the form and design intention of the original.

Max Bill


Sieger Design

Sieger Design developed the "Characters" collection for Griffwerk. It comprises three individual door handles and the matching and award-winning apron named "Gate".

All models appear consistently reduced at first as a contemporary interpretation. Their personality becomes evident at the second glance. Clearly defined strict or softly subtle lines set deliberate accents and emphasize the individual style of the building residents.

Sieger Design


Prof. Brigitte Steffen

Since her studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Mrs. Prof. Steffen has worked with textile design as well as the design of surfaces for interior concepts. She designed the TEXTURES collection for GRIFFWERK. The source of her inspiration is the change of perception. By different print procedures, she refined the material as such and thus removed the discrepancy between glass and decoration.

Sophisticated detail work and a striking, expressive design that presents itself differently depending on the background.


Prof. Thomas Gerlach

Thomas Gerlach (* 1960) is an industrial designer at the university of Pforzheim, consultant and entrepreneur. His career includes more than eighty design and innovative prizes. In the 2000s, Gerlach was on the jury of the red dot award and a board member of the Deutscher Designer Verband and the Verband Deutscher Industrie-Designer (VDID).

Thomas Gerlach for Griffwerk relies on reduction. He considers simplification of shapes to be the most demanding result in design of objects for daily use. New aesthetics are thus shown by door handle FRAME, which consistently does without rosettes with a patented technology.

Prof. Thomas Gerlach