Beautiful and secure Design aesthetics are literally changing the face of doors, hinges, locks, levers and other access control devices. “Technology and design are not mutually exclusive,” says Sandy Matheny, product marketing manager for designer hardware in the Americas Architectural Hardware Group at ASSA ABLOY. “You really don’t have to make a choice between innovation and technology or design. You really can have it all – and why shouldn’t you?” The key element, Matheny says, is to introduce good design without sacrificing the functional quality of the entry and exit devices. They have to be secure and robust enough to withstand intense use, especially in public places. They have to conform to buildings codes. Yet they still must embrace the emphasis on style demanded by architects and interior designers. Matheny and her colleagues are collaborating with Marcio Mussi, a Brazilian industrial designer from LaFonte in Sao Paulo. In addition, ASSA ABLOY is in constant contact with architects and designers who provide outside input and advice. The design innovations in security have led to some exciting new products. At ASSA ABLOY, three U.S. sister companies in the Architectural Hardware Group – Corbin Russwin, Sargent and Yale – now offer integrated decorative hardware collections that embrace mortise locksets, tubular locks, exit devices and a variety of access control solutions. Of particular interest are sleek new devices that break from traditional access control architecture by integrating multiple elements – proximity card reader, monitoring switches and lockset – into a single, visually appealing lock trim. Read the entire article at Future Lab.