Form & Function Of Architectural Features: The Artistry Of Vintage Door Knobs

Details Of Past Elegance:  The Vintage Door Knob
Details Of Past Elegance: The Vintage Door Knob

An element of form and function. The artistry of the vintage doorknob. Forms of art. Artistic forms of grandeur from a time period in which details mattered, elegance was revered and craftsmanship ruled. The individual beauty of the vintage door knob is striking and stunning. Representations of a time gone by yet reminders of the beauty that society once required within the realm of the structures that surrounded…

Lavished Design:  The Architectural Door Knob
Lavished Design: The Architectural Door Knob

History holds that although door handles appeared during Egyptian times, until the Middle Ages the basic form of doorways were created with textiles and furs. After the late 1500’s architecture offered separate rooms in which the addition of a door featuring leather or hand forged latches evolved. Interesting. In America, in the mid-ninetenth century (from 1830 to 1873), the production and manufacture of door knobs would evolve further into an enduring architectural element of form and function. Initially, plain wooden knobs were the first simple forms of door knobs of Colonial times followed by pressed glass and cut glass door knobs (popular from 1826-1850). Of note, prior to 1876 ceramic and porcelain knobs were imported from France and England. Of course, a nod to the beautiful swirls that knobs of Rosewood held. Striking appeal, indeed. Around 1846 the formation of cast metal knobs arrived to embellish structures. Made of iron or steel, these forms of function were covered either entirely or coated with a veneer of bronze or brass. But oh, the stylized decoration of these knobs of purpose that would thrive! It is said that after the Centennial Exposition of 1876 (the first official World’s Fair in the United State), the world of decorative door hardware was launched nationwide. Yes, the embellishments of lavish detail that beckoned the desire of the Victorian Era would prevail…

Centennial Exhibition 1876/United States
Centennial Exhibition 1876/United States

In the late 1800’s these composite metal knobs formed with a compression casting method offered the ability to design and provide ornamentation of the hardware. Of historical interest, during World War II, brass door knobs were removed and melted down for the war effort. Imagine! Alas, those that remain offer a rare desirability by those that covet and appreciate them. A link and emblem to the decorative arts of the past that is no longer abundant but rare architectural “jewels” of the past. Yet it is the cast bronze and brass door knobs with ornamental patterns that the Victorians graced their residences and structures that continue to amaze and delight me. Of course, I hold an appreciation of all of the beautiful forms of materials & construction of these architectural features. And of the knobs of form and function? Whether spherical or ball-shaped or the ease of an egg-shape design or the knobs fashioned like a drum, the designs have certainly changed throughout the decades that would follow. Coordinating with the eras they would be fixed within. Fixed to surface mounted locks or doors for entry, the door knob would continue to experience a renaissance resembling the prevailing styles of the eras. Of course, a nod to the decorative door handle plates that would surround the knobs (Escutcheons) which were often rectangular and were also embellished with decorative designs, such as floral patterns or geometric shapes. Beauty of form and function and visual interest in design, indeed. Shape and surface appeal. Craftsmanship and intricate design paired in the creation of art.

The function and form of vintage door knobs deserve our attention and appreciation, for certain. An object of history. As elements of the past, a mere appreciation of the art form that they represent…

Architectural Salvage:  The Enduring Appeal Of The Vintage Door Knob
Architectural Salvage: The Enduring Appeal Of The Vintage Door Knob
Aesthetics Of Form & Function:  The Architectural Door Knob
Aesthetics Of Form & Function: The Architectural Door Knob
Elements Of Distinction:  The Vintage Door Knob
Elements Of Distinction: The Vintage Door Knob
Architectural Delights:  The Elegance Of The Vintage Door Knob
Architectural Delights: The Elegance Of The Vintage Door Knob
Unique Beauty Of Surface Appeal:  Vintage Door Knobs
Unique Beauty Of Surface Appeal: Vintage Door Knobs
Brass Appeal:  Vintage Door Knobs Of Architectural Delight
Brass Appeal: Vintage Door Knobs Of Architectural Delight
Details Of Elegance: The Vintage Door Knob
Details Of Elegance: The Vintage Door Knob
Vintage Elegance Of Artistic Form & Function:  Door Knobs
Vintage Elegance Of Artistic Form & Function: Door Knobs
Designed Artistry Of Vintage Form:  Door Knobs
Designed Artistry Of Vintage Form: Door Knobs
Basics Of Form:  Appreciation Of The Door Knob
Basics Of Form: Appreciation Of The Door Knob
Form & Function:   The Vintage Door Knob
Form & Function: The Vintage Door Knob
Painted Appeal & The Vintage Door Knob
Painted Appeal & The Vintage Door Knob
White Porcelain Delights:  The Vintage Door Knob
White Porcelain Delights: The Vintage Door Knob
Vintage Glass Door Knobs Of Starburst Appeal
Vintage Glass Door Knobs Of Starburst Appeal
Pressed Molten Glass Of Clear Delight: The Vintage Door Knob
Pressed Molten Glass Of Clear Delight: The Vintage Door Knob
Clear Elegance:  The Glass Vintage Door Knob
Clear Elegance: The Glass Vintage Door Knob
Multifaceted Style In Clear Glass:  The Vintage Door Knob
Multifaceted Style In Clear Glass: The Vintage Door Knob
Rounded Delights:  The Vintage Door Knob
Rounded Delights: The Vintage Door Knob

Although the materials, form and designs vary, consider with appreciation the beauty and design of the vintage door knobs and the historical connection to the past they offer. For me? What is it about the knobs of yesteryear that beckon? Like “jewels” on doors, to stumble across one is exhilarating to me and certain to be captured by whatever means of photography that is on me at that moment. Alas, the camera phone. Included within these compilations are many that I have captured from within the vintage homes of the late 1800’s town of Woodstock, Illinois that I currently reside within, as well as during my travels. Many more await to be captured from behind my lens. Doors that hold an opportunity to find appreciation in the details of life that are before us. A past that carries with it into the present. History and the artistry and elegance of the past that endures to remain as a symbol of bygone eras. Appreciation, always…

Onward,

Kristin


“Find pleasure in the beauty of details”
– Hans Zirngast

PS: There are bound to be more images added to this compilation…for I will never stop capturing the distinctive beauty that surrounds on doorways of the past…

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Exterior Color Inspirations: The Tranquil & Bold Turquoise Door

The Soothing Appeal Of Tranquil Turquoise: Painted Exteriors
The Soothing Appeal Of Tranquil Turquoise: Painted Exteriors

The tranquil color of turquoise painted on the exterior door is alluring. Bold, yet appealing. On the heels of Summer, perhaps there is no other color that seems to equate warm weather than Turquoise. Yet when coated on the doorways of entryways, the color perhaps extends the season. Indefinitely. Like the color of the Caribbean waters, this bold, compelling yet restful color saturates our visual senses with thoughts that linger at the water’s edge. With its tropical tone that seems to reference the color of beach glass, the splash of turquoise onto an exterior door, that welcome’s the world, will go far to visually please. Tranquil and soothing with a Mediterranean appeal, indeed.

Ranging between blue and green, this beautiful combination of brilliant hue yields an enduring appeal. Blue-green style, indeed. Of course, one cannot dwell on the beauty of turquoise without a reference to the turquoise gem and ornamental stone. The word “Turquoise”, which dates from the 16th century is derived from the phrase “Turkish” or “Turkish Stone”, which referred to its arrival to Europe from Turkey. Mined more than 6,000 years ago in the historical Khorasan Province of Iran, this gem stone provides a soothing color that seems to provide balance and calm. The stone that adorned the jewelry of the ancient Egyptians became a stone that Native Indians referred to as a “Fallen sky stone” which garnered the ability to ward off evil and offer health. Who knew? In ancient cultures the stone was also a symbol of wealth and prosperity. For certain, the color Turquoise has maintained its allure as a rich, vibrant and beguiling blue-green hue. Perhaps, a divine color to coat our exterior worlds…

Refreshing Delight:  Tranquil Turquoise Coating The Exterior Entry
Refreshing Delight: Tranquil Turquoise Coating The Exterior Entry
Turquoise Exterior Door:  Striking Energy Of Vivid, Fresh Appeal
Turquoise Exterior Door: Striking Energy Of Vivid, Fresh Appeal
Pale Hued Delight Of Turquoise Appeal
Pale Hued Delight Of Turquoise Appeal

Consider with appreciation the fresh, crisp and soothing color of turquoise coating the exterior door. Whether opaque and pale sky blue hued or bold and brilliant, the captivating color of turquoise holds an allure that can be appreciated throughout the year. With appreciation of the different shades, tints and values of the color, from aquamarine to teal, the color range of turquoise is restful for the eyes and the senses. While the striking energy of the darker hue of turquoise brings a sophisticated edge the more muted shades radiate calm and a furthered sense of serenity. Balance of style and a personal statement. And of its coastal appeal? For certain, the color seems to represent water and the blissful essence of Summer. Yet the color turquoise is seasonless when coating a distinctive doorway. There is a year-round appeal of the tranquil color of turquoise. Tranquil and bold turquoise bliss, indeed….

Kristin

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Classic Brilliant & Bold Painted “Red” Door

A Dramatic Greeting:  The Vivid &  Bold Painted Red Door
A Dramatic Greeting: The Vivid & Bold Painted Red Door

The dramatic color of red. Bold and vibrant, the color red holds dramatic variation within its various shades and hues. And when painted in thick coats of glossy appeal on the doorways to our interiors? Stunning. Alas, it is the deep blue-red lipstick hue that my attention seeks. Whether you view the dramatic crimson red shade as one of elegance and sophistication or the cherry red vibrancy and energetic delight, the painted red hue on the exterior front door certainly deserves our focus.

The painted red door is linked with many associations and connotations over the course of history. Yet perhaps the painted coat of bright red hue coating the front door that relayed the old early American tradition of a sign of “welcome” still presents the same impact from the curbside today. Of note, history states that travelers journeying by horse drawn carriage would know a home was a welcome place to rest by the coating of the painted red front door. Perhaps, the red front door not only stands out as striking curb appeal, but still boldly sends the fearless, energetic greeting of “Welcome”. Alas, a visual appreciation of this brilliant hued painted door

The Brilliant Red Painted Exterior Door:  Impact In Bold Color
The Brilliant Red Painted Exterior Door: Impact In Bold Color
Striking Impact: The Painted Red Exterior Door
Striking Impact: The Painted Red Exterior Door
The Brilliant Red Hued Painted Door
The Brilliant Red Hued Painted Door
Maximum Impact:  Curb Appeal With The Brilliant Red Painted Door
Maximum Impact: Curb Appeal With The Brilliant Red Painted Door
Deep Hue Of Impact:  The Vibrant Painted Red Door
Deep Hue Of Impact: The Vibrant Painted Red Door

Consider the bold brilliance of the red hued painted exterior door. For certain, the door of bold crimson hue will endure to appeal to the exterior world that surrounds us. The timelessness of this classic hue adorning the entrances to our exterior worlds will continue to coat our doorways with distinction and never fade in its visual appeal. The brilliant and bold red painted exterior door is a classic, indeed…

Kristin

PS: With the red painted hue presented on classic doorways to the interior, a further appreciation awaits: the impact within a city’s surrounds of the bold red door.
(I must mention that the image below was provided to me by a follower and long time acquaintance with an incredible urban flare (Thanks, Dan!). Delighted to share the inspiration!
Urban impact of bold red hue, for certain…

Bold Impact Paired With Urban Graffiti:  The Vibrant Red Door
Bold Impact Paired With Urban Graffiti: The Vibrant Red Door

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Brilliant & Vibrant Painted “Green” Door

The Brilliance Of A "Jeweled"  Door:  Painted Jade &  Emerald Delight
The Brilliance Of A “Jeweled” Door: Painted Jade & Emerald Delight

Green. The brilliance of a hue that represents the color of green grass, emeralds and jade. A jeweled color of distinction when coating the first impression: the exterior front door. A mix of yellow and blue brings a hue of bright, brilliant and refreshing delight to our world.

The word “Green” is derived from the Middle English and Old English word “grene”. Of interest the German word “grün” has the same root as the words grass and grow. Who knew? A bright hue of fresh delight, for certain. The first recorded use of the word as a color term in Old English dates to 700 AD. A world history that is certainly coated in green. Perhaps it was the Romans who had an even greater appreciation for the color green; green was the color of Venus, the goddess of gardens, vegetables and vineyards. Again, who knew? For certain, a coating of vibrant and energetic green adds impact and drama when coating an exterior door. Whether a bold, emerald green or the bright citron hue of cheerful delight, a painted door layered in a green hue is sure to brighten and delight those that arrive at its entry. Painted distinction, indeed…

Shades Of Muted Green On The Exterior Door
Shades Of Muted Green On The Exterior Door
Citron & "Kelly Green" Delight:  Fresh & Vivid Green Painted Doors
Citron & “Kelly Green” Delight: Fresh & Vivid Green Painted Doors
The Painted Green Door
The Painted Green Door

Consider the refreshing and lively color of green to coat the door to your interior world. A brilliant hue of rich appeal, the color green relays tranquility and harmony. Wonderful attributes to greet the world with curb appeal. Fresh appeal. A brilliant hue for the exterior, indeed…

Kristin

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises”
– Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Unexpected Allure Of A “Pink” Painted Door

A Bold Statement:  Doors Coated In Shades Of Vivid Pink
A Bold Statement: Doors Coated In Shades Of Vivid Pink

Pink. A bold color choice for a front door, indeed. Yet consider with appreciation the bold distinction of coating a door of distinction in a layer of pink hue. For certain, the painted pink door demands attention. A door coated in this bold color hue is a statement paired with an air of cheer that welcomes those that arrive at its doorstep. Fearless and daring when coated upon our exterior worlds. Uncharacteristic? Perhaps. Unforgettable? Indeed.

The color of pink that is referred to as a “pale, red color” provides visual interest and appeal. “Sweet” appeal. Alas, the color hue historically holds international appeal in far away places. It is a colorful world we live within. Perhaps as with anything we choose in life, the key is to “Own” the choices we make. Either way, the door coated in hues of pink deserves acknowledgement and appreciation. There is certainly “Power in Pink”

Pastel Bliss:  The Front Door Layered In Soft Hues Of Pink
Pastel Bliss: The Front Door Layered In Soft Hues Of Pink
Vivid Impact In Statement Pink:  The Painted "Pink" Exterior Door
Vivid Impact In Statement Pink: The Painted “Pink” Exterior Door

Consider with appreciation the coating of pink hues on exterior entrances. A visual delight that is perhaps unexpected, I applaud those that coat their worlds in color. Yes, the various hues of pink are a bold choice to layer our exterior entrances to our interior worlds. That said, cheers to the unexpected allure of the “Pink” painted door

Kristin

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Bold Distinction Of The “Black” Painted Door

Ebony Impact:  The Bold Black Painted Exterior Door
Ebony Impact: The Bold Black Painted Exterior Door

The black painted door. A first impression of bold impact, for certain. A door coated in high gloss or brushed in a matte coating of deep black is a focal point that is elegant and dramatic. Of course, the front door is a key element in the exterior design and focal point of a home. That said, the classic, polished and timeless black painted door endures to add a rich distinction to the exterior and the curb appeal of a home.

Sleek and sharp. Whether accented with metals of pewter, shiny silver or bright brass, whether adorned with decorative embellishments, such as the “Lions Head” or other decorative patterns of timeless style, consider the dramatic flair and bold “welcome” of the black painted door. Bold distinction layered in paint upon the exterior door…

Drama & Interest:  The Black Painted Exterior Door
Drama & Interest: The Black Painted Exterior Door
A Bold Coating Of Ebony: Embellished Black Painted Doors
A Bold Coating Of Ebony: Embellished Black Painted Doors
Classic Style:  Ebony Painted Exterior Doors
Classic Style: Ebony Painted Exterior Doors
Striking Distinction:  The Visual Statement Of The Painted Black Door
Striking Distinction: The Visual Statement Of The Painted Black Door
Ebony Distinction:  The Black Painted Door
Ebony Distinction: The Black Painted Door

Consider the statement of the black painted exterior front door. The versatile black hue is appealing with a diverse array of exterior styles. Whether gloss or matte, the finished appeal of the painted black door is striking. Consider coating your exterior world with distinction. A bold distinction of a black painted door, indeed…

Kristin