Shut the Door, Have a Seat

In today’s world, the construction and inner workings of a product is often concealed behind sleek design. But hiding how things work denies the user the chance to fully connect with the product. Openness and transparency, by contrast, invites the user in, and allows for a closer bond to be formed.

In this door handle, the ‘lock and key’ mechanism escapes the door pane and is connected to the handle in full view. The result: clear and logical unity, a visual marriage of function and form.

Photo’s by Valentina Zanobelli


Deurklink rood

Deurklink zwart

Deurklink wit

INOX matt (INOX S)
KLEIS by GIARA S.r.l., Via San Lino 47, 25071 Agnosine (BS), Italy. +39 0365 823030,

The colour of the spring can be customised to individual preference.


Feb, Mar, 2018

Our winning designs are on show for two months in gallery YKSI at Strijp-S, the creative & cultural centre of Eindhoven.

Jan, 2018

Shut the door, Have a Seat is exhibited at gallery Ampersand in Cologne during the Interior Design Fair IMM Cologne under the auspices of Dutch Design Exchange.

Nov/Dec, 2017

At the invitation of the city of Maastricht, Shut the door, Have a Seat is exhibited at the expo Greetings from Maastricht together with several other designs from Studio Dirk Ploos van Amstel.

Oct, 2017

Shut the Door, Have a Seat is presented at Dutch Design Week 2017 in Eindhoven under the theme Material Designers.

Deurklink Dagboek Mrt 2017

Mrt, 2017

Dirk delivers a lecture about Shut the Door, Have a Seat at Bureau Europa’s Meet the Maker symposium, a platform for architecture and design.

Deurklink Dagboek Jan 2017

Jan, 2017

Shut the Door, Have a Seat shouts out from the billboard campaign by Dauby, which is also the Benelux distributor for Giara/Kleis.


Sep, 2016

Renowned Italian architecture and design magazine Domus, includes Shut the Door, Have a Seat in its exclusive roadshow-presentation to selected architects in Germany’s six largest cities. The roadshow begins on 22 September 2016 in Hamburg.


Apr, 2016

DAUBY, the key distributor of Italian manufacturer KLEIS S.r.l., launches the door handle Shut the Door, Have a Seat in Belgium and the Netherlands.


Nov, 2015

KLEIS launches Shut the Door, Have a Seat to renowned architects and interior designers in a surprising and original presentation at the trade fair Architec@Work in Milan.


Apr, 2015

Conflict, a design gallery in Maastricht, presents Shut the Door, Have a Seat to architects from Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.


Dec, 2014

Shut the Door, Have a Seat finds its way into the spectacular redesign plans for hot dining spot TOKYO EAT, the main restaurant at contemporary art museum Palais de Tokyo in Paris.


Nov, 2014

The first 100 door handles are ready for delivery.



Oct, 2014

Three references to Shut the Door, Have a Seat are made at the special Awards Exhibition of Biënnale Interieur 2014.



May, 2014

Shut the Door, Have a Seat makes the Grand Finals of the design contest at Biënnale Interieur 2014, a leading interior design event. It is selected from among 240 entries from 32 countries. Members of the jury include Rolf Hay (HAY, Denmark), Lina Kanafani (Mint, London), Robert Klanten (Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin) and Matylda Krzykowski (Depot Basel).


Apr, 2014

Shut the Door, Have a Seat makes its Salone del Mobile debut, and is introduced by Spazio Tuttobene