Brighthandle goes clubbing

Brighthandle doors are lighting up a ladies-only lounge at the new, trendy club PUSH, in Gothenburg, Sweden. The man behind Brighthandle, renowned designer Alexander Lervik, was also responsible for the club's interior.

LervikGothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, now has a new, trendy club with an interior designed by the renowned Alexander Lervik, the man behind the popular Brighthandle door handle.

While designing the interior, Lervik took the traditional idea of the ladies room and extended it, turning the concept into a ladies-only lounge, complete with a champagne bar and a terrace with open-air café where female patrons can look out over the rest of the club.

Lervik even extended the Brighthandle concept when it came to the ladies rooms themselves. Brighthandles can light red or green to show whether a cubicle is vacant, but Lervik has extended this at PUSH to make the whole door light red or green.

“My first idea was to use a glass door but that doesn't work in a club because of security reasons and the hard wear,” Lervik says. “The solution was to use an ordinary door and LED technology. The door is covered with plastic that has a special pattern to spread the light in the right way.”

He says function and budget are guiding factors when it comes to design projects, but in this case there are also many factors specific to clubs.

A club needs to be able to stand up to hard wear, for example people dancing on the sofas, on the tables, drinks being dropped on the floor and so on.

Lervik at PUSH“I worked closely with the club owner, Stureplansgruppen. I suggested ideas and they either approved or disapproved,” Lervik says.

“He taught me a lot about how a club should be designed to attract customers in the right way. For example, how people move around the premises and where the bar should be located and so forth.”

Lervik is often asked where he gets his ideas from. His main sources for inspiration are magazines, books, travels a dancing performances – in simple terms, from our daily life, but the difference is that he turns the impressions into design ideas.

“In this case, I started off by going to London for inspiration,” he says. “I always try to find a common theme for any project I do. Finding it can be through something like spreading a lot of photos and pictures on a large table, to get an overview of everything.”

An exhibition of Lervik’s design works is running at the Rhösska Museum in Gothenburg until January 27.