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The Art of Door (or, Doors as Art)

Dated Posted: April 2nd, 2009

Written By: Leila

doors as art

Thank you to Desire to Inspire for this door-as-art photo!

In the last few years we have seen more and more clients buying doors for art’s sake – unique doors, rich with character, to be displayed in much the same way as a large canvas – hanging or even just propped up against a wall.

I love this idea, and have been suddenly appreciating all our doors for their artistic value…maybe it’s all the great new doors we’ve been unpacking.

On a recent trip to Argentina I visited an urban archaeology project called El Zanjón – a fantastic building in Buenos Aires’ oldest neighbourhood.  Once a magnificent estate, the site was abandoned by its elite owners during a cholera outbreak and became overrun with the city’s poorest who lasted there for many decades until the building was purchased by a developer.  The restoration project was handled expertly, preserving as much integrity of the original mansion as possible, but also not ignoring its more recent and less distinguished role as a tenement.  The doors from the tenement, still splashed with layers of colourful paint remnants, were featured prominently, used as panelling around a large room that now serves as an event space.  And original doors from the mansion, now stripped down to wood, were mounted very cleanly on the walls:

You can (hopefully) see, along the floor and the second level, the colourful old doors that were used as panelling.

You can (hopefully) see, along the floor and the second level, the colourful old doors that were used as panelling.

See the clever, simple brackets used to mount this door?  Brilliant.

See the clever, simple brackets used to mount this door? Brilliant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profuse apologies for how bad these photos are…I wasn’t sure I was allowed to take photos so I had to do them quickly and without flash!!   In any case, I think you get the idea.  So do some browsing on our website or the blog’s photo gallery for some inspiration, and next time you’re here consider some of our more interesting doors as possibilities for that huge expanse in the dining room/living room/hallway/bedroom that you have no idea what to do with…you know the space I’m talking about.

’till soon,

Leila

p.s. if you go to Buenos Aires, do check out El Zanjón.  You won’t regret it – the story is far more amazing than I let on.

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