It's time for the second annual “Another Door Opens” event, which challenges Chicago area interior designers, architects and artists to transform vintage wood doors into furniture and other accessories. Organized by Chicago antiques mecca Architectural Artifacts, the items will be auctioned off on January 18 to benefit Chicago House. The creative event lets designers reimagine the doors in virtually any way, and below we have a preview of 13 items created by these top talents. For a link to the auction, click here.
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This stylish bench created by Amy Kartheiser Design features a blue lacquer finish and blue seat and back cushions.
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Event organizer Architectural Artifacts used a uniquely patinaed antique iron door from Argentina to encourage a message of self acceptance by revealing a mirror with the words “Embrace Your Patina" etched on the inside.
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Brynn Olson Design Group designed a fashionable club chair that mixes Art Deco styling with contemporary lines. The chair features Holly Hunt silk velvet upholstery, a black cerused frame and brass detailing.
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Designer Emily Mackie of Inspired Interiors created a luxe bathing experience by wrapping the exterior of Kohler’s Underscore Cube bath in a elegant design of wood blocks and gold brass banding within a black lacquer frame.
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Design firm jamesthomas used its vintage door as the backdrop to an urban garden vignette.
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In this art piece (rendering above), design firm KitchenLab wrapped the door in gold foil and hung 13 keys across the front, connecting each to the knob with a gold chain. Only one key fits inside the lock, representing that idea that you try a lot of doors before you find the way.
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Lewis Giannoulias Interiors' piece is an original artwork by Greg Dickerson that was framed by Armand Lee in 22 karat gold and suede.
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Mia Rao Design's nook features a wood bench with metallic accents and glass artwork to hang above.
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Michael Del Piero Good Design transformed the vintage door into a storage piece with objects collected from travels around the world.
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This Mondrian-inspired bar cabinet with metallic silver accents, asymmetrical components and open shelving was created by Mitchell Channon Design.
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PROjECT Interiors repurposed its antique door into a bold collection of jewelry that features lucite and other materials.
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Tom Stringer Design Partners converted a reclaimed oak door into a two-door paneled cabinet with exotic details and a nod to maritime traditions. The frame is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy and the door fronts are clad in a Phillip Jeffries ikat hemp wall covering.
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Vincere, Ltd. gave its door an elegant makeover by painting it in a satin finish and adding silk mohair upholstery with leather and brass trim. The look is finished with natural brass hardware.