Melbourne architect and industrial designer, Robert Watson, is the winner of the inaugural Design-a-Lever competition, jointly organised by Lockwood Security Products and the Victorian chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects for the most innovative door lever design.

Watson, principal of Robert Watson Architects Pty Ltd, wins the opportunity to have his sleek lever design registered and manufactured by Lockwood, with the distinct possibility of an international release to follow.

The award winning design is unique because it condenses the mechanism and mounting point of traditional 'door furniture' and makes the lever independent of the mechanism.

"By liberating the lever from the mechanism," Watson said, "we were immediately led to possibilities for a new system and aesthetic."

The judging panel included Lyndon Payne and Craig Caspersz from Lockwood Security Products, as well as leading architects, Peter Crone, Simon Knott and Jennifer Hocking, who were impressed with Watson's sleek and timeless door lever design, its ease of use, originality and practicality for manufacturing.

Lyndon Payne, Product Manager for Lockwood’s Door Furniture, said many of Lockwood’s previous designs were made in consultation with architects and the competition formalised this arrangement.

“The competition was designed to promote Australian design and originality and give architects the opportunity to get involved in another part of the design process,“ he said. “The enthusiastic response to the competition demonstrated the architectural community’s willingness to be involved at this level of the design process.”

For Robert Watson, who competed against twenty-five other architects in the competition, the win is a boost for local design. "It would be good to see this Melbourne design opening doors in Europe - literally!"

The win means a seven-day trip to Paris and Stockholm and the right to name his successful design.

Congratulations to all involved in this innovative design competition! - from the team at Infolink Architectural