Art Deco doorhandle

The doorhandle and doorway that it embellishes, presented in the images bellow, were photographed during last Sunday’s architectural walking tour in Mantuleasa quarter of Bucharest. The whole assemble is still in good condition after probably about eight decades of continuous use now. I like how the flower motif decorating the upper end of the handle is repeated on the keyhole lid, or the  references to the Art Deco style’s rule of three seen in the bars and diamonds motif embellishing the lower end of the doorhandle.

Art Deco style doorhandle, mid-1930s house, Piata Rosetti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco style doorhandle, mid-1930s house, Piata Rosetti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco style doorway with original doorhandle, mid-1930s house, Piata Rosetti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavour through this series of periodic 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 or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Mid-1930s Bucharest Art Deco doorways

Art Deco style doorway, mid-1930s block of flats, Opera area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The doorway above is designed around what it seems to be a flamboyant 1930s car radiator or power transformer theme, which is extremely evocative of the dynamism that characterised the inter-war machine era from which the Art Deco style draws a great deal of its inspiration.

Art Deco style doorway, mid-1930s apartment house, Regina Maria area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

This example is tamer from the point of view of decorative motifs and design, being quite a “classical” looking Art Deco style doorway, of nice, harmonious proportions. Its most remarkable elements are, in my opinion, the two curved profile lateral lamps, which in the 1930s, in the days when the doorway came into existence, imprinted a conspicuous air of modernity to the whole building architecture.

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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.

Old wooden Art Deco doorway and window

This is a bit of a non-standard Art Deco architectural detail: a narrow wooden doorway with an overextended window on top of it that provides light to the stair case behind it. I like how the rule of three typical of the Art Deco style just stares, in the case of this design, obviously into the observer’s face.

Art Deco style doorway, early 1930s house, north Cismigiu area, Bucharest (©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.

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.

Classical echoes in an Art Deco design doorway

Art Deco style doorway, embellishing an early 1930s house in the Cotroceni area of Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

There is a classical theme discernible in the design of the doorway assembly presented above, namely that of the Ionic order. That can be seen in the fluting (vertical grooves) of the door’s two side columns, feature also suggested by the vertical bars forming the gridiron of the door window, which is poignantly crowned by Ionic order capital motifs (the ram’s horn). I like the way how the 1930s architect adapted with great ease these classical elements to the Art Deco design scheme, without even a hint of dissonance between the ancient and modern patterns. Even the “S” shaped door handle participates to that wonderful play of proportions and contours.

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I endeavor through this 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.

Psychedelic-like Design Art Deco Doorway

Mid-1930s Art Deco style doorway, Mosilor area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The design of the Art Deco style doorway presented above suggests an interesting psychedelic pattern well before its emergence in the 1960s pop art. A number of 1930s Art Deco style buildings in Bucharest display such refined motifs and decorations, as I recorded in a post last year about an exquisite decorative wall panel. It is a witness and a measure of Bucharest’s intense creative scene of those years, considered the golden age for this city, still unmatched today, after more than seven decades of devastating communist and post-communist regimes.

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I endeavor through this 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.