“Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller.
The intricate work of art nouveau doors are just as ornate as the structures they are built on, using exquisite materials, hand-crafted treatments, and custom-furnished designs. With a hint of utopian flair and a tinge of craftsmanship, these unique door styles emphasize craftsmanship over the industrialization of quaint times.
From Latvia to Scotland, captivating examples of Art Nouveau architecture can still be discovered around the globe. Let's take a look at some of these incredible marvels!
1) Prague Historic Centre (Old Town Square - Prague, Czech Republic)
The inscribed art nouveau is seen on a circular door, present in the Old Town Square of Prague, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city boasts medieval architecture and a renaissance flair to its buildings and doors.
2) A beautiful yellow-painted wooden door (Budapest, Hungary)
A gorgeous Aurelion-painted door, with ornate ironwork across. This ancient door with elaborate design around its edges was found in the old Buda section of Budapest, Hungary. This door depicts the ancient culture and architecture that is discovered in the oldest part of the city. Hungarian doors are beautiful and are found in several colors and designs.
3) Stadsfeestzaal (Antwerp, Belgium)
This popular art nouveau entrance door at the Stadsfeesztal shopping center in Antwerp, Belgium. The shopping centre is a quaint mixture displaying neoclassical art nouveau elements.
4) Chakri Maha Prasat Hall (Bangkok, Thailand)
A breathtaking teal and black door with golden iron-cast work at the Chakri Palace and the Grand Palace complex in Bangkok, Thailand.
5) Red Door - (Antwerp, Belgium)
A gorgeous, yet uniquely shaped red door in Antwerp, Belgium.
6) Art Nouveau brown door - (Belarus)
A stunning mahogany door with intricate woodwork, art nouveau style in Belarus.
7) Art Nouveau door (Lisbon, Portugal)
A stunning art-nouveau facade, this is the gorgeous door of a jewelry store - Filhos joalheiros in Lisbon.
8) Ancient atelier Art Nouveau door (Rue Du Lac - Paris, France)
A feat of popular architect Ernest Delune, this stunning yet unique art nouveau door is found in Paris. Constructed in 1902, is one of the most stunning doors you will ever come across.
9) Duomo di Milan (Milan, Italy)
Detail of the facade and main entrance door to the renowned cathedral of Milan in Duomo Square.
10) Indian Mughal teak wood door (Ash Shibak Fort - Muscat, Oman)
A breathtaking teak wood and brass door in the Ash Shibak fort in Muscat. Originating in Surat, India, this door is stunningly articulate in its design.
In a nutshell
Medieval architecture and art-nouveau-inspired doors can be found in several crevices all around the world.
Written by Sara Ayoob