For Italian manufacturer Lualdi, door designing has been a family operation they've become experts at for five generations. It just happens to be a name known throughout Italy as of yet, instead of a worldwide brand, but times are a changing. The U.S. market will be introduced to the latest in Lualdi doors beginning with their newly released designs by three famous American designers— Dror Benshetrit, David Rockwell and Robert A.M. Stern.
Dror Benshetrit's door for Lualdi.
The Latest in American-Designed Doors by Lualdi
Beginning in January, this entire collection of doors can be purchased throughout the United States. But this doesn't mean you need to wait until then to decide how much you love the diagonal folds of Dror's version, the brushed bronze frame of Rockwell's, or the classic designs by Stern. Why? Because they're all available for pre-order now.
First on the list, a dramatic door that Dror Benshetrit describes as "a high-end door that is visually flawless, has seamless gaps, and an amazing finish". Its diagonal, two-toned coloring in red, black, or white are unlike solid colored portals. Appearing slightly ajar, these doors have mastered the art of creating visual depth with a luxurious finish.
David Rockwell's door is made in a high gloss lacquer, bleached walnut, or dark oak veneer and all equipped with a brushed bronze frame and sensory-shocking vertical handle wrapped in leather or stainless steel. The design was inspired by his own famously hand-carved entrance doors of the three Chambers Hotel in Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown. "What we have crafted is the result of years of thinking about the detailing of doors in my projects," Rockwell states, "My obsession with doors comes from the fact that they really define the first impression of a space."
In the third of the new designs, Robert A.M. Stern created three doors of a series that apply a more traditional feel to the overall effect. It has been said they are modeled after the classic New York apartment doors from the pre-war era, and they come in single, double, or triple paneling options in a high-gloss paint or a natural finish.