Thursday, August 14, 2014

Doors of Possibility

doors, Cannes, Paris, Mario Testino

Doors have always fascinated me, no matter whether grand or simple. While strolling in Cannes and Paris last July, I found a number of intriguing doors which sparked my interest. Walking on the ancient cobbled lanes of Le Suquet in Cannes, I spied these three interesting doors. The sign on the small door reads, “Association of war veterans and victims of war.” Le Suquet, in Cannes old quarter, was once owned by the Iles de Lerins monks and the castle they constructed in 1088 still exists today.
Fashion photographer, Mario Testino said, “My favorite words are, possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the DOORS, you create possibilities.”

ancient door, iron trim, Cannes

I love the boldness of this ancient door with its iron trim and studs.

rustic door, Cannes

Door #29 is plain and rustic, yet mysterious.

door, Cannes

This door appears to be made from disparate pieces, but proudly displays an image of originality.

art deco door, Cannes

Art Deco inspired door from the 1930’s.

door, Cannes

This door has probably seen it all; battered, weathered and beautiful!

18th century door, Cannes

This 18th century door is probably carved with the likeness of the original owner. I wonder if the face at the bottom is of the woodcarver?

early 19th centruy doors, Paris

These early 19th century doors open to my friend Philippe’s apartment in the 17th arrondissement in Paris.

art deco doors, 1929, Paris

I love this Art Deco door from 1929 in Paris.

Paris, door

Paris, door

Paris is a door-lovers delight!

Lisa Decker, Chinese doors

My daughter, Lisa, and I found this dramatic and bold Chinese door on a buying trip for our Denver Design District showroom.  We have a few lovely vintage Chinese doors in the showroom.

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Images: Dick Gentry

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