Delicate Art Deco wrought iron patterns doorway

Art Deco wrought iron style doorway displaying delicate lotus plant motifs, early 1930s, Natiunile Unite area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The delicately worked wrought iron doorway in the above image embellishes the entrance of a well designed early 1930s Art Deco style apartment house, where the main decorative theme is the lotus plant motif displayed in diverse prominent places on the building, such as the column capital that I documented here in an earlier post, inspired from the ancient Egyptian imagery popular among the architects of that era. The lotus plant motif is also present on this doorway in finely worked patterns at its centre and on the two vertical stripes that form the door edges.

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I endeavour through this daily series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Art Deco doorways

Bellow is a selection of Art Deco style doorways from the 1930s Romania, a minuscule sample of the immense variety of Art Deco designs and shapes that embellish the urban landscape from this corner of Europe.

Art Deco style doorway dating from the mid-1930s, Icoanei area, Bucharest. The design contains two main motifs: sunbursts and ocean waves. (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco style doorways, dating from the late-1930s, Romana area, Bucharest; design inspired from industrial-modernist archetypes. (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco style doorways, dating from the mid-1930s, Domenii area, Bucharest. The door architrave/ wall opening is a Neo-Romanian style design, while the door itself is Art Deco. (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco style doorways, dating from the mid-1930s, Campina. The door architrave is an Art Deco design, while the door is a mix of Neo-Romanian and Little Paris style designs. (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco style doorways, dating from the early 1930s, Magheru area, Bucharest. The design resembles a flowery Art Deco type often encountered in Spain or Italy. (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco style doorways, dating from the mid-1930s, Cotroceni area, Bucharest; classical motifs like columns and entablature within an Art Deco framework. (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Solar or stage reflector design for Art Deco doorway?

Abstract solar motif design Art Deco style doorway dating from the late 1930s, Romana area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

I have to say that I pondered a bit on the significance of the Art Deco motif incorporated in the design of the above apartment block doorway in Bucharest and came to the view that it represents either a well rendered solar motif or an abstraction of the lights of a stage/ cinema reflector, frequently represented in Art Deco creations. The high quality of the design is also enhanced by the finely worked wrought iron that has withstood the vicissitudes and lack of maintenance of the past decades in communist and post-communist Romania.

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I endeavor through this daily series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Wooden Art Deco Doorway

Wooden Art Deco doorway that adorns a mid 1930s house in Piata Romana area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The Art Deco style doorways are as a norm made from metal sheets and/or ironwork ornaments, appropriate materials for the production line machine era in which this architectural and decorative style came to the fore. Consequently, the wooden doorway examples are encountered in a much smaller proportion. There is an apparent charming incongruity between the wood as a construction material and the modernist rectangular designs typical of the Art Deco style. That makes the Art Deco architectural details made from wood, such as the doorway I photographed above, even more remarkable and delectable. I like how the softness of the wood mellows down the somehow stern rectangular shapes and motifs, making the doorway and the entire house even more inviting to the guests that have to cross its threshold.

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I endeavor through this daily series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.