As we are in the business of selling doors it goes without saying that when visiting new places and especially other countries that we focus on the various styles and constructions of the doors we see. Every picture tells a story and a lot of our holiday photos show that we have timber door selling in our blood and it's not something we switch off from when on holiday. Call us sad! well maybe, but the topic of door design styling is a fascinating one and reveals many aspects of the places history.
A very recent visit to Prague has been particularly inspirational, regardless of the sub-zero temperatures. Prague has a splendid mix of architectural styles which are indicative of it's rich cultural past.
Building methods ranging from Medieval, Renaissance or Baroque and Art Nouveau architectural design have a collective element by being the most ultimately elegant buildings, with well proportioned facades and detailing, that you are likely to find. The pre-communist architectural detailing is thoroughly represented in all aspects of the buildings from the top floors and roof which have intricately carved cornices or ornamental balconies to the friezes depicting mythical, heroic or religious figures.
Windows and doors are made with the same flair as the rest of the building, whether an enormous fortified door within the vast walls of Prague castle or an elegant Art Nouveau influenced entrance to an elegant hotel. Door design in the past was a statement saying something to the person entering the building, whether it was beware we are fortified, or please come in to our elegant hotel. We make a statement to visitors entering our own home, that's why a timber door, in a style representative of our property's architecture, is so important.