Art Deco - Doors

You can take interior modelling as far as you want. Often it's better to get the architectural details right first rather then the interiors. They will set the tone for the whole interior anyway.

Doors play a big part in the architectural detailing. So we're showing you a selection of Deco doors to give you a feel for what you can achieve. You could reproduce any of these doors exactly, or take details from them.

Art Deco double interior doors Art Deco front door

2 of my favourite Art Deco door designs. Its a clever designer's trick to add a wow Deco feature, such as these doors, to take you eye away from an interior or exterior that is not that Deco. For eg, you could have these double doors in a plain kitchen, but the doors will set the whole tone for the room. The red front door is just to die for, almost an abstract painting.

Art Deco double doors with Diana hunting design Art Deco double doors with Acteon deer design
Art Deco doors with Acteon deer design Art Deco doors from the Hoover Bld

Tor LH; new(ish) double doors. They feature the common Deco design of Diana hunting.
Top RH; new9ish) double interior doors, featuring another common Deco theme of Acteon the Deer, with a rising sun motif behind in stained glass.
Bot LH; another pair of doors with deer design & rising sun motif behind.
Bot RH; doors from the Hoover building in London. The geometric design would be quite easy to reproduce.

Art Deco double doors 1931 Art Deco double doors
Art Deco doors in UK cinema Art Deco door

Tor LH; We're not suggesting you reproduce these doors excatly, but if you left out the central figures the doors have a straight forward Deco look.
Top RH; Another pair of doors with simple geometric banding on the glass. Easy to do.
Bot LH; These doors were in a 30's cinema in the UK. Similar to the ones shown top right.
Bot RH; This huge solid door looks almost medieval. The geometric veneers & diamond window give it a strong Deco look.

Art Deco front door to club in Streamline Moderne style Art Deco house front door with porthole in Streamline Moderne style
Art Deco Streamline Moderne style doors to shop Art Deco door
Art Deco Streamline Moderne style diner doors with portholes Art Deco Streamline kitchen doors

Tor LH; Typical front door to a Streamline Moderne bar, with Porthole window.
Top RH; Exactly the same thing with this door to a Streamline Moderne house.
Mid LH; This great Streamline Moderne shop front is let down a bit by the very average original doors. While they match in colour the exterior they are nothing special in design terms.
Mid RH; These double doors have a bit more going for them in design terms. The geometric round window & long double bar handles say deco straight away. The red edging around the window to emphasis it was a nice touch.
Bot LH; Portholes in doors were a key design feature in doors, especially in the Streamline style. These diner doors have taken as far as it can go with 3 portholes per door!
Bot RH; This flush door came from a Streamline Moderne kitchen (see kitchen section). It is as simple as can be, but the chrome trim around the door & the clock (to simulate a porthole) really lift it. These doors look they are actually on a ship.

Art Deco double doors with a Cubist feel Art Deco double wardrobe doors with geomtric mirror panels
Art Deco geometric doorway in club Art Deco front door

These Deco doors, found in a salvage yard in UK, are my favourite Deco doors. They just shout high Art Deco, with their stepped panel designs. It would be very straight forward to reproduce these from new.

Art Deco double doors with a Cubist feel Art Deco double wardrobe doors with geomtric mirror panels
Art Deco geometric doorway in club Art Deco front door

Tor LH; These double doors came from a 30's London building. The chrome 'diamond' makes a strong geometric statement, which is echoed in the subtler effect of quartered veneering, which follows the shape of the chrome, giving it a Cubist feel.
Top RH; These new(ish) bedroom wardrobe doors use strong geomtric patterns with mirrored panels, to give a real glamour feel to the room. The inspiration came from the doors above, but softened for a bedroom.
Bot LH; What a great Deco doorway with Wow factor. The geometric opening meant placing 1 single wide door in the middle, flanked by a panel either side. The door itself is quite plain, but the angled sides & painted panels give it a strong Deco flavour.
Bot RH; A very simple to achieve Deco front door. The top glass panel has angled corners to jazz it up a little. The 3 bar handles are superflous but do give it a streamline look.

Stained glass door panels;
Art Deco stained glass door Art Deco stained glass door
Art Deco stained glass French doors Art Deco stained glass 4 doors

Tor LH; While the door itself isn't Deco (especially with panelling) but the stained glass panel has a jazzy flavour. This could be an elegant way to handle new interior doors, especially allowing light between rooms.
Top RH; This door is really Wow. Not 100% deco but it does have a Cubist jazzy look which really is stunning. 1 or 2 doors like this in a room would set a Deco look all by themselves.

The bottom doors must be the most stunning Art Deco doors I've ever seen. They include classic design elements; a Jazzy look, rising sun motif, speed lines, Cubist design, textured glasses, etc.
These would dominate any room in which they were installed. We could reproduce these in what ever size & combination you wanted; a pair of French doors, maybe bi-fold doors, internal room divider doors, en-suite, etc.

Art Deco bungalow door & Vitrolite wall tiles in original colour scheme Art Deco geometric doors

Top LH; This is a classic American Deco bungalow interior door, with Vitrolite wall tiles, in either a kitchen or bathroom. The door is elegant & plain in wood finish. This is the original colour scheme for the room.
Top RH; these quirky doors are original to the Deco building, in the far east. I haven't seen anything quite these anywhere else, with their geometric squares design & Deco green colour.

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