Class of 1988
Designer at Allegion
Rockwood “Ted” Roberts is the industrial design manager at Allegion where he leads in-house design efforts and provides aesthetic direction for multiple brands including Schlage, Kryptonite, and LCN. Ted graduated from the industrial design program at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1988. In addition to his current position at Allegion, Ted has held industrial design positions at CN Burman, Baldwin Hardware, Masco, and Ingersoll Rand. His design experience is diverse having worked in the plumbing, lighting, electronics, and hardware industries. Ted has acquired 44 design and utility patents. Ted’s designs have won multiple industry awards including Unique and Significant Advancement in the Art of Science and Lighting 2002 from the Illuminating Engineering Society of America, and the 2004 American Building Products Award sponsored by Home Magazine. More than seventy-five of Ted’s own designs have been commercially produced and many more have been made through the efforts of his team at Allegion. Ted specializes in home décor and has a passion for architecturally inspired product design. He has a collection of over 1000 architecture and related design books. In 2015, Allegion sponsored the “T-minus 151” competition at Rochester Institute of Technology where Ted led the project for Allegion and offered technical and design expertise to students throughout the event. Ted currently resides in Carmel, Indiana.
This handleset is a new style based on an existing mechanical construction. Inspired by Mid-Century Modern styling, this design features sweeping unadorned surfaces with a combination of hard and soft edges. The compound curves found throughout the design are a signature element of this style as seen in furniture, ceramics, and automobiles of the period. The handle is the focal point of the design and was derived from refrigerator pulls and car door handles from the 1950s. The escutcheons utilize subtle arcs that coordinate with those found in the handle to provide a unified appearance.
This design is one of several signature styles within the Schlage product line. Additional interior locks and electronic locks that utilize the same design elements and proportions continue to be created to suite with this product. The Greenwich design family allows customers to carry the aesthetic throughout the house.
The handleset is constructed of cast zinc components and is offered in a number of architectural finishes. The chrome example seen here is authentic to the period. Finishing constraints were a significant influence on the shapes and proportions of these parts. Additional considerations include fit with existing mechanical components, human factors, casting, weight, assembly in the factory, fit over standard door prep, ease of installation, and product cost.
Mid-Century modern styling is currently popular as a revival style with both authentic designs being reissued and new designs being created in the style. Significant research was done to understand the style and influences from the period. Sketching and 3d modeling using Creo software followed. Plastic models were created to test ergonomics and a metal prototype was made to test finishing before releasing the design to manufacturing. Design patent D697385 has issued for this product. Additional patent applications have been submitted for subsequent designs in the Greenwich family.