AD100 Designer Jeffery Bilhauber Joins Forces with P.E. Guerin
“The world looks to New York for its products and its inspiration,” says AD100 interior decorator Jeffrey Bilhuber. “And for me, the beating heart of New York design is P.E. Guerin. It’s been in business since 1857 and in the same location since 1892. It made all the hardware for my very first project.” Now he’s partnered with the venerable Jane Street manufacturer on Jeffrey Bilhuber x P.E. Guerin, an eight-piece line of hand-forged hardware.
The collection is based on what he calls a “compellingly beautiful” antique doorknob, set with a sapphire-blue glass sphere faceted “like a Buckminster Fuller dome.” Bilhuber brought it to his initial product-design meeting—only to learn that the company had introduced the piece more than a century ago. “It’s like it returned home,” the designer says, adding that he proceeded to update it. Working with P.E. Guerin artisans, Bilhuber reduced the number of facets and jettisoned the glass component in favor of solid brass. “It’s a contemporary look—updated and refreshed,” he observes, adding, “History with horsepower: It’s what I do.” peguerin.com