Beautiful Doors

Mexico City Road Trip

By now you have likely heard about the earthquake that caused property damage, injuries, and deaths in Mexico City and the state of Puebla on Tuesday.  This one followed on the heels of another earthquake about a week and a half before, near the border of Mexico and Guatemala.  I am fine and we didn't feel a thing, although it shook me up a bit to receive bits and pieces of the news from friends as I was trying to do a code update via webinar.

By |2017-09-21T09:38:20-05:00September 21st, 2017|Beautiful Doors, Road Trips|11 Comments

Hello Helsinki

Some days I just need to take a break from the code questions and check out a really cool door. Luckily, George Everding (and his wife Maureen who suggested that he take the photo for me) saw this door...

By |2016-09-27T13:26:44-05:00September 27th, 2016|Beautiful Doors|8 Comments

Copper Doors

We visited Santa Clara del Cobre, a town known for it's amazing copper work. I didn't find a lot of copper doors, but the pair below is on the entrance to the Museo del Cobre. The doors are wood, with small copper overlays attached which look like they were done by various artisans...

By |2017-07-21T23:49:38-05:00March 24th, 2016|Beautiful Doors, Road Trips|5 Comments

FF: Standard Oil

When Jess Dey found this closer on eBay, I was shocked to see such a beautiful potbelly closer! I've never seen a closer with decorative accents - usually architects want to hide the hardware. As it turns out, this closer from the Standard Oil Building in San Francisco was rescued from the trash heap as a standard closer...

By |2015-12-11T12:35:43-05:00December 11th, 2015|Beautiful Doors, Door Closers|10 Comments

Almudena Cathedral – Madrid, Spain

These beautiful doors are from the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid. Construction on the cathedral began in 1883, but due to the Civil War and other delays, the cathedral was not consecrated for worship until 1993. The extremely ornate bronze doors are the work of sculptor Luis Antonio Sanguino, who began work on them in 2000...

By |2015-05-20T09:23:38-05:00November 24th, 2014|Beautiful Doors|1 Comment

FF: Essaouira, Morocco

And now...for my last post from Morocco, some Fixed-it Friday photos from Essaouira. If you've never visited, it is a beautiful city with an old fort, a busy port, talented wood carvers, a sandy beach, fresh seafood, and the fattest cats in all of Morocco. Oh - and lots of doors that are fighting corrosion from the salt air. Enjoy!

By |2017-07-28T09:52:19-05:00August 14th, 2014|Beautiful Doors, Fixed-it Friday, Road Trips|3 Comments

More Reader Photos

I'm tied up preparing for Day 2 of COR140 and the rest of the week's events, so here's another batch of reader photos. Thank you to all of the readers who make it a little easier to keep iDigHardware running when my hair is on fire. I just noticed that all of today's photos came from my Allegion brethren, so it's an all-Allegion post!

By |2016-12-17T00:05:46-05:00June 24th, 2014|Beautiful Doors, Means of Egress|2 Comments

Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

Today's winner of the 5th-birthday gift card is Dan Droker of CCI Automated Technologies, who sent me some great photos from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. It makes me happy to imagine some of you embarrassing your spouses and kids by taking door photos during family outings. My family has begun to automatically sense when a door piques my interest, and they make themselves scarce. Except the little one who wants to be in every picture...

By |2014-03-28T16:45:32-05:00March 4th, 2014|Beautiful Doors, Doors & Frames, Push/Pull|6 Comments

FF: Doors of Klemens Torggler

The design blogs and architectural sites are all abuzz about these doors designed by Austrian artist Klemens Torggler.  I agree - they are very cool and it's about time someone invented an alternative to the hinge, which has been around for thousands of years.  Let's not ruin the party by mentioning security, egress, durability, accessibility, fire resistance, or chopped off fingers, and just enjoy the innovation.  :D

By |2014-02-14T01:17:13-05:00February 14th, 2014|Beautiful Doors, Fixed-it Friday|5 Comments

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – Bentonville, Arkansas

Almost exactly 7 years ago I began working on one of my most beautiful and challenging projects - the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  I remember the start date because I had just returned from leave after having my youngest daughter.  The architect contacted me many months prior and asked me to act as the hardware consultant on the project, and to be honest, I didn't want to do it.  I already had several "high-maintenance" projects on my desk, and with most of those fancy, prestigious projects, you also get frustrations and headaches.  You get architects with door-related ideas that have never been attempted...gigantic doors, openings that are invisible (codes be damned), doors made out of unusual materials, sliders that slide with the touch of a finger and no sound, and security applications that require variances from the local AHJ.  It was during one of those projects that I first stated, "Sorry, I left my magic wand in the car."  On another I earned the nickname "the anti-fairy godmother" because I told an architect that the doors in his interior elevation would not look the way he had drawn them because of code-drive hardware requirements.

By |2016-03-02T10:31:34-05:00January 28th, 2014|Beautiful Doors, General Info, Videos|4 Comments

Hobbit Doors

Hobbit doors are all the rage right now...you can find hobbit door jewelry, cookies, outlet covers, ice cream sandwiches...I would like a real one.  Not a tiny real one - a 5-footish, round hobbit door with a knob in the middle.  Now I just have to figure out where to put it.  If I made a hobbit hole in the back yard I could hide from the kids in it.

By |2017-04-24T17:08:54-05:00November 5th, 2013|Beautiful Doors|0 Comments

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