making “The Strand” Art Deco security door
A new DecoWorks Art Deco security door takes shape in the workshop.
This is our “Strand” design and it based on one of the many leadlight window designs found in the homes built during the 30’s and 40’s around Sydney.
Once all the steel components and cut and, in the case of the Strand, rolled into circles, they are arranged in a 1:1 jig before being finally welded together.
The final steps are the fitting of hinges and support bars. After painting it will be ready for installation.
Our Art Deco door designs try to avoid traditional horizontal and vertical bars which are fine to lock up animals but should be avoided in a home.
Cleaning scale from flat steel bar
Before making the flat steel double bars for the collapsible security door vertical bars the flat steel lengths have to be cleaned to remove the scale which is always on new steel. This makes for a better surface and ensures good adhesion of the final powder coat finish.
The picture at right shows the cleaning process and tools used. It is a noisy and dirty job but well worth the effort in the long run.
After the flat steel bar has been cleaned two lengths are placed in a jig and welded together with steel spacer blocks which form a double flat bar with gaps in between which house the folding trellis sections of the door. The spacer blocks add considerable rigidity to the flat steel lengths by forming an open box section. They are further strengthened when the folding trellis sections are riveted into position.
Making the double flat steel bar sections
Completed double vertical bar sections ready for powder coating
A walk around the central area of Casablanca in Morocco reveals a treasure trove of Art Deco architecture and design. Many of the Art Deco buildings are in a poor state of repair but overall it is an adventure exploring the streets to see what gems you can find.
Art Deco wrought ironwork
What really caught my eye were the many fine examples of wrought iron security doors and grilles. Every second building had these wonderful works of art in their doorways. Here a a few exceptional examples of Art Deco wrought ironwork I discovered.
29 Rue Abderrahem Sahraoui
Art Deco lyre bird design found at
95 Rue Chaouia
Art Deco Hotel Rialto at
9 Rue Salah Bee Bouchaib
Classic design at 40 Rue Moulay Abdullah
This is a recent installation of the Decoworks Art Deco Plaza security door. The door had an insect screen built into the frame at the owners request. The doors are made from steel and are of rugged construction which is reason enough to spend that little bit more on a custom made security door rather than a mass produced product.
Stylish Art Deco security bars and grilles
There are many companies who supply security door products in a wide range of styles. Their designs tend to be simple and easy to manufacture and are really just variations of plain vertical bars usually associated with prisons or birdcages.
The Plaza security door design is one of a series of Art Deco security doors designed and produced exclusively by DecoWorks. Other Art Deco security designs in the range include the Casablanca, the Inca, the Zen and the Odeon. The Plaza security door designs can be adapted to suit any situation including windows and gates.
Plaza security door
Silhouette from the hallway
The silhouette of the Art Deco security door shown above is another good reason to choose a custom designed door.
Art Deco elevator door
The Grand Hi-Lai hotel in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung has wonderful Art Deco veneer work on the elevator doors on the 43rd floor. It was the last place I would have expected to see something like this. Modern Chinese architecture can be full of surprises.
Another good example of Art Deco style being adapted into modern decor.
Entrance to spa area
The foyer of the Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel in Guilin, China, has many Art Deco features not the least of which are the marble entrance doorways into the spa area of the hotel. Another nice adaption of Art Deco style in a modern hotel.
Here is a nice example of Chinese lattice grilles being used in a security door. An otherwise bland stainless steel security door has been made interesting with the inclusion of a couple of lattice grilles. These still afford security while allowing ventilation and removing the need for a peep hole in the security door!
Stainless steel security door with lattice grilles
Detail of the lattice grille