While the idea that “form (ever) follows function” actually came from architect Louis Sullivan, Galley Support Innovations (GSI) applies it to the development and manufacture of premier aircraft latches and other interior hardware, too. Buildings are not the only engineering design that reflects modernism.

Behind his words lies the application of out-of-the-box innovation and a new way of thinking. While Sullivan, who has been called the “father of skyscrapers” and the “father of modernism” died in 1924, his outlook is evident in GSI products.

The Sullivan influence seen in latches at GSI today

Latches that are functional and beautiful are the goal at GSI.Hardware in aircrafts, rail cars, boats, and other vehicles must be functional, that’s a given. But GSI puts a special touch in them to make them exceptional – even remarkable. For instance, the “touchless latch.” That’s correct – all you have to do is wave your hand over it and it opens! Now that really plays into Sullivan’s credo that implied that decorative elements were superfluous to modern buildings. Only GSI takes away unnecessary adornments leaving sleek, minimalistic lines and absolute function.

Of course, not all GSI latches, retainers and other products are invisible to the eye, but they have sleek and simple aesthetics that are easily integrated into any design. And, in keeping with the innovations in our name, there is something unique in the function:

  • Frictionless striker mechanisms
  • Hidden striker and catch mechanisms
  • Self-adjusting catches
  • Interchangeable aesthetic covers for latches

Beautiful and functional – that’s what we do, just like we think Sullivan had in mind with the buildings he made famous in Chicago and other U.S. cities.

Common threads create something special

But there’s something else GSI has in common with Louis Sullivan. He collaborated with others, including Frank Lloyd Wright, in his efforts. GSI collaborates with others, too. In fact, we collaborate with many, many others. Maybe in a slightly different approach than Sullivan, but it’s the collaboration that counts.

We get calls, notes, and emails with what we lovingly call “bar napkin drawings.” They are ideas for latches, catches, retainers, or other mechanisms that a client has conjured up, but doesn’t know how to make “real.” The drawings are often combined with a “can this work?” kind of note. We take those questions and thoughts to our development team and create it, or something better, for the client.

Galley latches might seem like a boring, run of the mill kind of product. Not to us, and not to the clients we serve. We make galley latches – and other interior hardware – exciting.

We think Louis Sullivan would have appreciated Galley Support Innovations and would be proud to see his influence still alive today.

If you want innovation, sound products, built with craftsman-like function and design, contact Galley Support Innovations. We speak your language!