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New Zealand Home & Building, October-November 1985



Ceramic also has its devotees, especially with colonial villa restoration projects where the rococo floral patterned knob is used throughout the house. But as with other materials, the trend is away from the fussy, and the leading cabinet/drawer knob is of plain round design in white. Ceramic knobs are widely available in a number of basic colours, floral designs, or modern style pattern — perhaps a simple framing gold or silver band.

Ceramic is a non-tension body, and so is vulnerable to chipping, but is strong enough to withstand a knock from a beringed finger — according to a local manufacturer it would need a deliberate hefty blow to break a ceramic knob. Floral pattern knobs are mainly sold for bathroom and bedroom use, and there is also a small but sophisticated market demand for commercial use, with ceramic knobs sporting company brands, or logos patterned onto the doorknob surface.