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Doors Resources: Door Books

We review below the advertisement recommended books relevant to doors. Each has a link to a website, at Amazon UK or RIBA Bookshops, where it may be bought online.

Architectural Details: Doors. Published by Verlagshaus Braun of Germany. Apart from a short introduction this book, which was first published in 2008, consists of a magnificent collection of colour images of doors, mostly front doors, from around Europe. They are grouped alphabetically by city, ranging from Amsterdam, Athens and Barcelona to Vienna, Vilnius and Zurich. The doors are of all periods. For example the Amsterdam section includes brilliantly coloured contemporary glass doors as well as ornate carved doorways from the 17th and 18th centuries. Many of the doors are very grand, being the principal entrance of substantial buildings including blocks of apartments, offices, hotels, and government buildings. Others are quite simple and modest. The book is inspirational, showing the extraordinary variety of treatments, some modest and some spectacular, which can be given to the apparently simple function of an entrance into a building. 

Building Drawers & Doors. By Andy Rae. First published by Taunton Press of the USA in 2007, this is a comprehensive illustrated handbook on the construction of drawers and doors for hand-made cabinets. The book is beautifully illustrated with extremely clear photographs and drawings. A chapter on Designing Doors covers Door Styles, Door Anatomy, Proportioning Doors, Selecting Door Stock, and Choosing Hinges. A chapter on Building Doors covers: Building a Case for Doors, Choosing Door Joints, Making Moritse and Tenon Joints, Door Assembly, Pinning and Pegging Joints, Slab Doors, Frame and Panel Doors, Quick and Strong Door, Cope and Stick Door, Mitred Frame, and Simple Glass Doors. Other chapters cover: Fitting and Finishing Doors, and Special Doors and Details. The author says that his aim is to help readers learn how to build beautiful, functional doors and drawers that will live comfortable in their cases for many years to come.

Door and Window Design. By Antonio Corcuera. First published by teNeues Verlag of Germany in 2006, this book is a profusely illustrated review of contemporary door and window designs, mostly drawn from Europe. The relatively brief commentary is in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. There is a particular emphasis on unusual and striking modern doors. These include unusually tall and narrow doors, exaggeratedly robust interior doors, invisible doors, irregular rectangular doors, glass pivot doors, frameless doors, and doors whose sides are not vertical. A chapter is devoted to Dividing Panels. These are sliding or folding full-height panels, in some cases made of glass, which are used to divide interior spaces in contemporary homes and offices.

Door Design. Edited by Katharina Feuer and Jons Messedat and first published by Daab of Germany in 2007. This inspirational source book lavishly illustrates more than 300 doors, chosen as contemporary works of art. Each illustration is attributed to a project and place, with most of the projects being drawn from Germany. Most of the doors are remarkable for their simple clean design, and their very high quality engineered detailing. Other examples are more exotic, with unusual materials, textures, and shapes. In their introduction the editors write: 'The door is the most essential component of a house. It is both a separating as well as an adjoining element and permits or prevents entering from an external area to the private interior. Doors are interfaces that are created to invite or reject. Closed or open, doors keep secrets that can make you curious, awaken positive expectations or invoke your fears'.

Doors. By Bob Wilcox. Published in 2009 by Firefly Books, USA. This lavishly illustrated and magnificent book contains more than 500 photographs of doors from around the world. There are doors in every conceivable style made of stone, wood, metal and glass. In the foreword Jerome Markson writes: 'These photographs reflect the attitudes and ideas of beauty through many periods, cultures and religions from ancient to modern times. The structure of the doors themselves, with their exposed bolts, rivets and panels in patterns, make a statement about the love, passion and care with which they were created to all who pass by. On so many of these old doors, studs are found everywhere; and there are ancient and tattered locks, worn keyholes and well-used knockers that speak of generations of use. Even functional items like hinges, locks, doorbells and knobs are frequently beautiful as well as functional.'

Doors of the World. By Jean-Philippe Lenclos and Dominique Lenclos, first published in 2001 by W.W.Norton & Company of the USA. This, the fourth book by Jean-Philippe Lenclos and Dominque Lenclos, builds on their investigations into architectural color, embodied in their three books Colours de la France, Couleurs de l'Europe, and Colors of the World. The authors write in their preface: 'The door is steeped in mystery. It encloses, hides, and protects a space from foul weather and intruders, conversely it can open to disclose what it hides, something somber, secret, unknown. The door, therefore, is a sort of passageway between two worlds, two states, between the unknown and the known, between public and private, between the profane and the sacred'. The main part of the book is a collection of stunning images of colorful vernacular doors from around the world. They range from a sandstone portal in Morocco to a classically austere double-paneled entryway with scupted linel on the Ile-d-France in Paris, to a bamboo-lined aperture in China.

Doorway. By Simon Unwin, first published in 2007 by Routledge of the UK. Simon Unwin is Professor of Architecture at Dundee University. He has lived and taught in Britian and Australia and has lectured in China, Israel, India, Sweden, Turkey and the United States. The book provides an extraordinarily interesting and thoughtful treatise on doors and doorways. It is profusely illustrated with black-and-white images and the author's beautiful drawings. The main sections of the book cover: The Powers of Doorways, The Geometry of Doorways, Experiencing Doorways, Organising Space, and Architecture Without Doorways. In his introduction the author writes: 'We shall consider the doorway from the point of view of the architect - for whom it is an element in the language of design - as well as from the point of view of everyone who experiences buildings - for whom the doorway punctuates movement between one place and another, influencing perceptions, relationships, and even behaviour. Passing through doorways affects our states of being; who we think we are as well as where we find ourselves. Often these effects are small, but sometimes they can be dramatic. It will be seen that in dealing with the powers of the doorway we shall be dealing in issues that are psychological, philosophical, and poetic (symbolic) as ingredients of the architectural'.

The DIY Guide to Doors, Windows and Joinery. By Mike Lawrence, published in 2007 by The Crowood Press, UK. First published, as 'Joinery and Glazing' in 1991. The book, which is aimed at the beginner, provides the reader with a basic grounding in the use of traditional hand tools and modern powered ones. It shows how make fixings using nails, screws, easy-to-use fittings and simple traditional joints. It contains guides to a series of woodworking projects, including hanging doors, fitting door locks, and replacing skirtings, architraves, and stair handrails. There is chapter on maintaining woodwork inside and outside the home, including advice on patching rotten woodwork, glazing windows, and undertaking minor furniture repairs.  

The Language of Doors. By Paulo Vicente and Tom Connor. Published in 2005 by Artisan of the USA. Paulo Vicente, who produced the numerous drawn illustrations, is an architect based in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA. Tom Connor, who wrote the text, is author or co-author of more than twelve books, including 'The House to Ourselves: Reinvesting Home Once the Kinds Are Grown'. The book illustrates and discusses doors of all periods, with most of the examples coming from the New England area in which the authors live. The first section covers nineteen classic entrance styles. The second section shows a number of diverse classic entrances adapted to the most ubiquitous style of American houses. The third section is a glossary of architectural terms and references. The book is intended as a pattern book of styles, a handy reference for indentifying architectural elements and terms, and as a guide to visualizing classic entrances on typical twentieth and twenty-first century American houses.

Trim Carpentry Techniques: Installing Doors & Windows. By Craig Savage. First published in 1989 by the Taunton Press, USA. The author spent 25 years in the construction business working on everything from traditional timber frame dwellings to state-of-the-art super-insulated boxes. The book is a primer on designing, selecting and installing interior trim, including basecaps, baseboards, base shoes, crown moldings, door stops, backbands, and window and door moldings. It provides practical woodworking advice on the hanging of doors, setting windows, making and installing molding, selecting tools, and finishing the trim with paint or varnish. 

Walls, Windows and Doors. By H.W.Harrison and Vekey, and published by the Building Research Establishment, in its BRE Building Elements series. The authors point out that nearly half reported faults in buildings, such as rain penetration, concern walls, windows, and doors. The book, which contains over 400 illustrations, provides practical advice on all the main vertical elements of building, both external and internal, including separating walls, partitions, and internal doors. It covers performance, diagnosis, maintenance, repair, and avoidance of defects. The section on External Doors, Thresholds and Shutters covers: hinged, pivoting and sliding pedestrian doors; thresholds; and garage doors, shutters and gates. Harry Harrison is a chartered architect, who was formerly Head of Construction Practice at the Building Research Establishment. Bob de Vekey is a Chartered Chemist who specialises in the performance of construction materials. 


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