Hello, I’m back! Did you have a nice time these past two weeks? I certainly hope you did, and didn’t miss me too much while I was on holiday! How about some door grilles today? They appear on most doors here in Barcelona, and can be quite interesting. Enjoy!
Let’s start with the double doors above, which can be found in the Barri Gótic, close to Plaça Colon – I love the dainty roses mixed in with the stark verticals and cute, graphic circles. What do you think of it?
Below, an example of flowers and swirly spirals. I really like how the iron has been painted the same colour as the door itself, and the flowers (passion fruit?) I find delightful.
Two grand doorways. The luxurious one belongs to a swanky hotel, located in a palatial building on the corner of La Rambla and Carrer Pintor Fortuny (around the corner from the Cute Suite) and the delightfully pretentious one (below) that belongs to a rather plain residential building, located close to the Mercat de Sant Antoni. The one above is beautifully balanced in its detailing, where the residential one is so delightfully over the top! I love them both, don’t you?
Rather more rustic and very clever in its simplicity is this door grille (found on Carrer Sitges). I can imagine a smithy making it: preparing long, flat strips of iron, bending them here and there to make them curvy, and then making incisions to create the ‘thorns’, which are then pulled away from the main body of the iron strips… all strips are then attached to a rectangular frame and affixed onto a wooden door. The result: striking, yet simple.
White is a colour not often given to the door grilles, as (I presume) it requires a lot of cleaning or else it looks too grimy. However, it is very striking in contrast to the door it sits on. Two examples of white door grilles, a very simple, classic one above, and a funky modern one below. This one is actually two grilles which open up to allow access to the door behind it. Check out the way the edge of the grilles are not straight. I love it!
More funky styles on these two door grilles, above and below. Two discs with straight lines shooting out from them, resembling two suns – beautiful! And (below) a playful arrangement of parallel, diagonal lines, intersected with horizontal ones, and painted a dashing red within a white frame – striking and unusual, for red is a colour not often seen on doors here.
To wrap up today’s post, I have an example of a classical swirly style mixed with an oriental element. I have always been a fan of Asian art (and food, and clothing, and architecture, and…) and lived in Hong Kong for a couple of years, so this one touches my heart and brings back very fond memories.
Did you enjoy this post? I hope you did! I’ll be back tomorrow, with more loveliness from this gorgeous city. Hope to see you here! Fins demà!