Queenstown Project

Weathered copper and satin black handles and magnetic lock mechanisms by Chant set off this Queenstown residence.

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Queenstown is one of the most breathtaking places on earth. Houses here are often built in the rugged, locally sourced schist. However, a character stone this attractive requires hardware detailing of a similar calibre to complement it.

It is just this kind of upmarket project that dedicated architectural hardware specialist Chant thrives on, says owner Graham Chant.

"This modern Queenstown house was designed by Anne-Marie Chinn Architects. The external door hardware was made to suit European tilt-and-turn, and lift-and-slide locking systems. The internal doors have Chant's custom-designed magnetic locks and latches for finesse and functionality.

"Our highly experienced design team meets with architects, designers and customers to find exactly the right product for a project.

"Here, the architect chose the architectural handles in our popular Line Range – specified in weathered copper and satin black chrome to suit the tones of the timber joinery and schist."

In addition, the locking mechanisms had to meet the rigours of the variable, often freezing Queenstown conditions.

"As with all our work, the sleek handles and hardware on this mountain home are designed and made to the highest possible standard.

"Chant has a large, hi-tech manufacturing plant in Auckland where all our products are precision machined and finished by hand."