How important is it to open the doors, let a bit of air pass through the open windows? And how important is it to sanitize handles every time we touch them? We learned to do it in our youth and now we're learning it once more in the new normal. After all, it’s a lesson that design also teaches, beginning with the aesthetic and intrinsic interpretation of the home’s confines. Imagine a room like an intimate box: when the door is closed, a feeling of privacy follows. Upon opening that very same door, we break open with a desire for freedom and room to breathe, to meet others or welcome them in. At the same time, the threshold defining domestic spaces contributes to aerate the spaces we inhabit.
Struggling with spaces huddled behind closed doors and windows as the first bouts of cold roll in, we’re facing a delicate period and an emergency that asks us to open up the confines of our homes in order to eliminate particles of the virus. “Many scientists believe that the virus is emitted from our mouths also in much smaller particles, which are infectious but also tiny enough that they can remain suspended in the air, float around, be pushed by air currents, and accumulate in enclosed spaces—because of their small size, they are not as subject to gravity’s downward pull,” writes Zeynep Tufekci for The Atlantic. “The super-spreader–event triad seems to rely on three V’s: venue, ventilation, and vocalization. Most super-spreader events occur at an indoor venue, especially a poorly ventilated one (meaning air is not being exchanged, diluted, or filtered), where lots of people are talking, chanting, or singing.”
Going from closed spaces to more open spaces, our perception of the emergency changes and the risk factor of contracting or transmitting the virus often diminishes greatly. To this, we add a particular attention to cleanliness: always sanitizing our hands and the handles of doors, not to be forgotten in the daily routine. With this, the door and its principal accessory, the handle, have become the prime elements to trust. They define environments and they unite them, transforming rooms and determining the change of air — design reminds of this each day.
The Eterea door by Dorigo is a flush door that slips out of sight when opened. It’s a domestic confine to close off a corridor, realized with a system of patented jambs and realized in a plasterboard or plaster version, designed to function on “push” and “pull” movements. Its design and chameleonic character transform the door into a silent and discreet object ready to define spaces when necessary or amplify and liberate them.
The Trace handle from Lorenzo Damiani for Ento is realized as an original accessory for doors with a tubular profile, identical to the semi-finished models often used in the furniture industry. When grabbed around its body, the thumb rests on brass and invites environments to open and close depending on necessity. Trace then becomes the symbolic point of contact between mother nature and technology.
The Scenario Lignum sliding door system by FerreroLegno is available in the new Iride finish exalting the grain of brushed ash, providing an ultra-opaque and anti-reflective effect. Should any small scratch come to the door, Iride’s innovative finish is reborn, repairing itself. With a statuesque presence, the door expresses its sustainable character thanks to the realization of a water-based BIO varnish: renewable prime materials that are ecological and non-toxic with reduced volatile organic content. When living spaces are a force of nature.
The word Altaj means, literally, golden mountain. From this definition, the door from SGBA Blengini Ghirardelli for Lualdi was “born from the desire to unite the essentiality of forms to a technologic research and efficiency, pushing expressive potential to the maximum on this object and its possibilities for customization,” claims architect Blengini. The door cuts out the minimalist concept of invisibility and renders the object as an integral part of the atmosphere — a key figure in the walls framed between metallic finishes.
The Sibilla handle by Vico Magistretti for Olivari flaunts an iconic and timeless design. Antonio Olivari once recounted that when he went to the studio of Magistretti to talk about Sibilla, the designer realized the piece by drawing it freehand: “His idea was to create an ergonomic object that was also slim. While he talked about his interest in the form of a bone, he sketched the piece with a steady hand.” With a cut on the two extremities and a marked dynamism, doors are embellished with an object that deserves to be touched, maintained, and seen.