Ten interiors with natural materials and timeless accents

For this special lookbook, sponsored by Danish design company D Line, we have selected ten interiors that showcase architectural details from the brand, including door handles, taps and drawer pulls.

Door furniture and other pieces of practical hardware add the finishing touch to interior plans and can create physical touch points that play a significant role in how people interact with the spaces they occupy.

D Line has designed and manufactured architectural hardware and sanitary ware since 1971. Collaborators include the Danish architects Knud Holscher and Arne Jacobsen and the British designer Tom Dixon.

Here are 10 projects where D Line’s products have been used to add timeless accents to interiors with natural materials, including homes, hotels, restaurants and even a medical facility.

Photo is by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen

St Catherine’s College, Oxford, by Arne Jacobsen and Knud Holscher

Jacobsen designed the modernist concrete exterior as well as the interior and design of St Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford, which opened in 1962.

Details as small as the handles on the interior doors – called AJ handles in reference to the designer’s initials – echo the curved, smooth form of the college’s larger design elements.

Meadow restaurant by Norm Architects
Photo is by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen

Äng restaurant, Sweden, by Norm Architects

The Danish studio Norm Architects has designed Äng, a restaurant in Sweden with both an above-ground structure that resembles a greenhouse and an underground wine cellar.

D line’s distinctive L-handle in gunmetal finish was used on doors in both rooms, where it matches other metal lighting fixtures as well as the building’s structural components.

Find out more about Äng restaurant ›

The photograph shows a room with a white door and light blue walls
The image is published by Norm Architects

SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, by Arne Jacobsen

Another project by Jacobsen, who designed all the elements found at the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen – which opened in 1960 – in line with his all-encompassing approach to architecture and interior design.

Subsequent remodeling means that only room 606 remains in its original form. Here, AJ handles in steel were chosen to go together with the cool duck-egg blue walls and other silver fittings, such as the frame of the blue seats and sofa.

Find out more about SAS Royal Hotel ›

Photograph of neutral-toned living room with large cone-shaped lampshade
Photo is by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen

Archipelago House, Sweden, by Norm Architects

This holiday home by Norm Architects is located in a coastal area of ​​Sweden and combines Scandinavian design with Japanese aesthetics.

The charcoal L-handle from the D line’s Holscher range provides a steady rhythm of graphic contrast in the interior, which primarily uses light wood furniture and light neutral finishes.

Find out more about Archipelago House ›

View through coastal residence to the sea
The image is published by Rubow Architects

Private summer home, Denmark, by Rubow Architects

Designed by Danish studio Rubow Architects, this holiday home in Denmark aims to blend in with its surroundings by using neutral tones and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light and views of nature into the house.

The L-handle provides an unobstructed finish to the house’s doors and helps give the house its indoor-outdoor feel.

Neutral interior with mismatched furniture
Photo is by Enok Holsegård

Barbara’s studio, Copenhagen, by Barbara Bendix Becker

Textile designer Barbara Bendix Becker’s Copenhagen antiques and collectors’ studio is filled with Nordic ceramics, lighting and furniture by famous Scandinavian designers.

Alongside these other design classics, Arne Jacobsen’s brass handles are seamlessly integrated with other warm-toned metal finishes as well as the atelier’s honey-coloured wooden elements.

Photo of bathroom with bathtub under long window
The picture was taken by MTJ Studio

Stockholmsgade bathroom, Copenhagen, by Emil Thorup

This bathroom design created by interior designer Emil Thorup is characterized by its rhythmic herringbone tile floor, muted sage-colored walls and round, freestanding bathtub.

D-line’s Qtoo bathroom hardware collection in a subtle brushed steel finish was used for part of the bath, sink and shower setup and creates a nice metallic contrast to the light green walls and natural materials used in the space.

Dentology+ by Norm Architects
Photo is by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen

Dentology+ clinic, Antwerp, by Norm Architects

Norm Architects went head-to-head with the design of this dental surgery, which eschews overtly clinical interiors in favor of soft neutral finishes that promote patient calm.

Charcoal-colored L-handles punctuate the otherwise light and airy interior, along with unexpected homely touches such as low-slung sofas and translucent draped curtains.

Find out more about Dentologi+ clinic ›

Kitchen island with red handles in front of tall curtains
The picture is published by &Shufl

&Shufl x D Line collaboration

Danish design company &Shufl supplies carpentry and hardware elements compatible with IKEA kitchens, bathrooms and wardrobes to give existing schemes a facelift.

D Line’s rod handles, which have been in their catalog for over 50 years, are used for &Shufl designs, where they come in a curated palette of different colors and finishes.

Neutral room with light wooden door
Photo is by Luke Arthur Wells

Luke Arthur Wells x Fat collection by Knud Holscher

British interior designer Luke Arthur Wells devised an interior scheme that encourages serenity by using rounded furniture, hand-crafted ceramics and soft floor coverings.

D Line’s FAT handle – part of a wider collection from Dixon – is shorter, thicker and more rounded than traditional door furniture, further softening the already gentle interior.

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks, providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out past lookbooks showcasing sociable split-level living spaces, subtly installed elevators, cozy cottages and opulent hotels.

This lookbook was produced by Dezeen for D line as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.

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