Knock on wood

8 Aug
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Boquera

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend, like I did! Today, a post dedicated to those who are supersticious, and like to knock on wood… I’ve selected some gorgeous doors for you to knock on – enjoy!

The one above, shows a six pointed star motif that has been widely used in palatial buildings, such as Casa Amatller, which reminds of the Moorish influence that we occasionally come across. This building, although now housing a shop on the ground floor, must have been a grand home in its hey day.

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Carrer Princep de Viana

Some doors have been painted, possibly as a means to preserve them better against the elements and time, and this adds colour to any building (and for once, not in the form of graffiti). I have always delighted in the brightly painted doors one can see when in London (for example) and I love spotting them here, in Barcelona too.

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Carrer Gran de Gràcia

A door with inserted diagonal slats and a simple design overall. I love how the diagonal lines have not been broken to insert the letterbox! Cute detail!!

Below a rather more frilly door, although it too has an insert of slats in the bottom part. I wonder if this may have been a later addition, possible done as a result of some damage?

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Carrer Carders

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Carrer del Carme

Two lovely doors, which can be found close to the Cute Suite. The combination of simple, sinuous lines with a few straight elements, which can be seen on both doors, a dainty knocker (above) and a very pretty grille (below) as well as the beautiful colour green, are what delights me about them.

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Carrer Hospital

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Ronda de Sant Antoni

Two unusual doors. The one above, a very modern and angular one, but beautifully made, in a gorgeous type of wood. And below, a reclaimed door + surround which look Asian to me, used for the entrance to a building with tourist flats.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Carders

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Carrer de les Floristes de La Rambla

Another simple door, very old and rather worn, inset under a lovely stone arch. It gives access to one of the work shops that belong the the Massana art school, and is located behind La Boqueria.

An old door that could do with a bit of love. The wood is bare and stained with use. It would be lovely to see it sanded and varnished, but even in its naked state, it is a gorgeous door, with lots of character. Who knows what history it may have witnessed!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer de Sant Rafael

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Passatge de l’Hospital

Two beautiful double doors to wrap things up for today. The above, simple and very elegant in design, and with impressive handles, that also function as door knocker and locks. The one below, a much more detailed design with all its carvings, off set by the various colours used to paint the door. This has been done recently, and I have to say it looks quite striking. It may help against the random tagging that so many doors here suffer. It certainly makes a bright contrast with the doors in the next building (not shown here), which are identical, yet unpainted.

Have a great start of the week!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer de Portaferrissa

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