"The sheer breadth of variety makes it the best kind of coffee table book, irresistible to leaf through and pore over at length."
For anyone interested in architecture, history, travel or world cultures, doors have a special fascination. In addition to welcoming guests and keeping out intruders, a door creates the first impression of a building and provides a sense of welcome, security and peace.
This fascinating book contains more than 500 photographs of doors from around the world. There are doors made of wood, metal and glass, doors old and new, and doors polished and weathered. Some were made to impress and to show off the majesty and importance of the building they serve, and some were hastily constructed with whatever materials were at hand. These doors come from and evoke many cultures and traditions.
This wide-ranging and delightful collection provides a wealth of ideas and inspiration for anyone interested in architecture, construction, design or decorative arts.
Bob Wilcox is a graphic designer based in Toronto who has created many books that reflect his lifelong interest in architecture, history and photography.
Jerome Markson is an architect renowned for designing homes with distinctive clean and bold lines. He is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Toronto Society of Architects and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.
[Review of hardcover edition:] A gorgeous glossy hardback profiling--you guessed it--doors. Toronto-based graphic designer Bob Wilcox selected 500 photographs of doors from around the world for this 272-page dazzler, starting with ancient doorways to the most modern architectural entryways.
[Review of hardcover edition:] They guard our homes, open the way for our guests to enter and they make a statement about what might lie beyond them. Doors can appear in many different shapes, sizes and colours. More than 500 photographs from around the world fill the pages with an incredible range of styles. They represent many different cultures and eras. The collection gathered here goes from the earliest stone archways of Renaissance artists and on to the most modern interpretations. The photographs are all beautifully reproduced in colour and are presented without distraction. At the end of the book the location of each door is provided. The variety shown here may well spark a desire to change your own door and make a bolder statement about who lives there.
[Review of hardcover edition:] Other than the foreword by architect Jerome Markson and an introductory essay by the author, the beautifully printed Doors contains virtually no text or captions, and given the ravishingly visual subject matter, none are needed. Author Bob Wilcox conducted extensive photo research to capture images of more than 500 doors from all over the world, assembling them into a collection that celebrates the vast variety of detail, craftsmanship, history and personality that doors present... The sheer breadth of variety makes it the best kind of coffee table book, irresistible to leaf through and pore over at length.... Words are unnecessary--Doors is a delightful addition to the library of lovers of architecture and design (and world travel), and a book that will captivate for years.
[Review of hardcover edition:] Toronto-based graphic designer Wilcox presents another volume reflecting his interest in architecture, history, and photography. Here he explores entries and exits from before history to about yesterday, covering all countries, styles, and materials. In generally chronological order, he arranges exquisite color photographs of prehistoric stone structures, ancient and medieval buildings that are or are not still in use, illuminated church and cathedral doors, mosques, wood doors in frontiers around the world, colorful apartment and other city doors, secluded estates, and modern dwellings and buildings. Credits are in the end matter; there are no captions.