Minimalist Art Deco Style Doorway

A late 1930s Art Deco style doorway for an apartment block in the Mantuleasa area of Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The design is characterised by a minimalist modernist decoration of lines arranged in rectangular patterns, with just one ‘flamboyant’ element in the form of a stylised sunburst among clouds, placed at centre of the composition.

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I endeavor through this series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Art Deco Style Metal Doorway

Art Deco style doorway of a mid 1930-s block of flats. Cantemir area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The well proportioned Art Deco style doorway from the above photograph, with its abstract, cubist-like decorative design, and stern metallic reflections, exudes in a very apt manner the air of confidence typical of the age of mechanical machinery and production line factories brought about by the technological innovations and the economies of scale of the inter-war period- the environment in which the Art Deco and modernist styles emerged and developed. I very much like the fact that this doorway is still making a powerful impression of freshness and vigour on anyone who cares to admire it (I found it adorning a very derelict mid 1930s small block of flats, on a run down Bucharest street), despite its quite venerable age and the fact that it saw next to nothing maintenance in the last seventy years, a testimony of the quality of materials and workmanship used in its manufacturing in that period.

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I endeavor through this series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.