MODERN INDUSTRIAL, 16 ways to use steel doors

Reminiscing an older style and reinventing it in a contemporary context is fascinating.

Add to that the mystery of doors, places of passage, offering glimpses of alternate possibilities, worlds to enter or escape from.

Each room has a door, each room has a world in it.

Whether we rest, bathe, entertain, cry, laugh, cuddle our children, love or work, we do it better if the space we occupy psychologically supports us.

Not often enough do we pay attention to entering and occupying a space, much less how we can derive our energy from it, control how it affects us and what we do in it.


We may do it subconsciously, that’s what makes us prefer one interior over another in both, our spaces or others’.

When we renovate or build a home, that’s the opportunity to think this relationship thru, to enhance it, use it at its full potential, make it serve us best.

Doors within this context are worth more than what we typically give them credit for. It’s easy to dismiss what you can do with them when there is so much else to think about when you design.

To place them on the background of the seemingly more important decisions related to kitchens, and furniture, and paint and lights.

And yet, doors are everywhere waiting to be seen and given an opportunity to shine.

Steel doors in homes are laden with meaning. From a hard-working time of an iron-age-passed, to the XIXth century man controlling and enslaving steel into purposeful submission, a thin lattice of metal and glass that unifies rooms and builds ambiance.

…an ode to movement and passage.. Marni thought..could be..

Look at doors as you see them, imagine what they hide, or show you. Choose your doors carefully.

The ones you look through, the ones you enter, the ones you want to keep out of and particularly, the ones you want to pass through, back and forth, over and over again.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. EJ Armstrong says:

    Can you give any sources for the doors you’ve featured here?

    1. hi, sorry for the super late reply, definitely no excuse; I’m not yet on top of monitoring comments but working on improving! There is a local company called Doors and More that would have this type of doors for interior use, for exterior Ridley has some and there is a system, Nana wall. If you’re in Toronto, you can also contact my design office and we can help you source something that fits your need:

  2. emily Pashman says:

    These doors are beautiful. I will need a door that is soundproofed (we are turning our basement into an apartment and the sound currently traveling upstairs and echos throughout the house). Barn doors work better with our hallway , but they generally do not help seal off for sound. The steel railing may work better than a solid wood door- so perhaps a sliding glass with steel as you feature above could work? Advice? I am in northern ca. Thanks

    1. Thank you! You will need to find local manufacturers, but what I can help with: look for exterior grade doors, that have gaskets on the edges to give you insulation plus it will need thicker glass. Stay with hinged doors, sliders are a second option but barn doors are not good for this purpose as they are the worst of the three at blocking sound. Here we have:
      See if maybe they have a representative where you are or show this site to a local architectural window supplier. Good luck!

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