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October 2017

A Discovery Through the Doors of Seville

Take a walk down the streets of Seville and you’ll be struck by buildings untouched for centuries as well as dozens of handmade timber doors. Each one uniquely crafted and waiting to tell a story. Many of these doors with geometric patterns, as an homage to the cities Arabic origins.  Beautifully eroding as a measure of time.

With no real pavements, the doors of Seville are very important to the people. They act as the only boundary between the street life and the private courtyards.

Architecture of Seville

The current architecture of Seville that you see stems from the African-Islamic population. A community that once inhabited the majority of the city before being conquered. Since then the designs have always had attributes to its Moorish origins. With a lot of buildings incorporating geometry and craftsmanship into their style. The most notable example of this evolution is the Seville Cathedral, which was built on an ancient mosque site and converted the existing minaret to a bell tower.

A Measure of Wealth

The houses and courtyards would have once belonged to larger families. Their entrances would have been a depiction of the family’s wealth. The bigger and grander your door, the more affluent your family was considered to be. Residents would have also competed to own the most decorative and ornate doorknobs, often in brass

Being a resident in Seville, you would have been competing with neighbors to own the most decorative and ornate doorknobs. Often in brass and shaped into hands or animals.

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Ornate door knobs found on doors of Seville

Though the city has evolved through the times, we are grateful it has been able to preserve such rich character.

 

 

Bespoke Door for Siouxsie Dickens

At Brandler, we too see how a door can be more than just a door. It can become the threshold into someone’s personality. That is why we went through numerous discussion and drawings when constructing Siouxsie Dicken’s Door. Needless to say, we were very proud of the final design and Siouxsie was very happy with her new door.

Siouxsie’s bespoke timber door depicts art deco and gothic influences and was made to appear as two doors. However, they are attached to function as one huge door, imposing a sense of grandness to any guests. The door uses 150-year-old raw-wood and was painted in an off-black with gold accents. It effortlessly fits into the flat’s modern and contemporary styling.

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Siouxsie Dicken’s Bespoke Door

November 2019

A Love of Nature - Biophilic Design

A love of nature is ingrained in us, refined through experience, culture, and the product of human evolution. But how often do we find ourselves in a truly natural environment?

There is an undeniable desire to immerse ourselves in natural landscapes. Though often only in our subconscious it leads many on long walks and escapes to the countryside retreats. The biophilia hypothesis  suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with with nature and other forms of life.

But what if you could recapture that connection in your own home using raw and organic materials. Our materials palette with barn wood at its core creates cabinetry and furniture that offer a connection to nature, and quality of material that cannot be found elsewhere. The texture and grain of weathered barn wood mimics the wild unlike any other type of wood. Moss, bark and other organic surfaces such as Organoids stunning scented sheet material pressed with lavender, meadow flower and coffee (to name but a few) round off our material palette.

The World Health Organisation expects stress related illness to be the largest contributor toward disease by 2020.  With diminished opportunity to connect with nature and universal technological acceptance (Smart Phones, Tablets etc) means we have less opportunity to recuperate our mental and physical energy. At Brandler London we strive to keep this core connection to nature in our products, helping improve the health and well being of our clients.

Biophilic design is a sustainable design strategy, seen as a necessary complement to green architecture, which decreases the environmental impact of the built world. Our products and philosophy are both geared towards minimising our contribution towards this negative impact, helping to relief pressure on nature and importantly ourselves.

December 2018

Doors and Exploration

We sailed into waters around the Lipari and headed towards the islands marina.. The main sea front promenade is peppered with colourful houses with exquisitely weathered timber doors and window frames. This one in particular caught the eye with its dissolving render and flash of red  set against these aged wooden doors. The wood on these doors tell a story of a life lived to the fullest. Beautiful doors in a landscape.

 

Neighbouring doors offer their own majestic dereliction. The texture warn intuit the walls and moustache like sill… nature fighting back to reclaim its land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towards the end of the promenade we bumped into this native looking wood man… He wasn’t overly impressed when I suggested he would make a lovely kitchen or wardrobe door…. but as you all know we don’t chop down trees to make our furniture. We re-purpose old barn wood beams and give them a new lease of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooden sailing boats and standing coastline of the volcanic chain on our way to Salina turned out to be the island with the best treasure trove of old wood. The colours and textures married with the beauty of the surrounding hill sides and was a visual fest, a treat for the senses of intrepid wood loving explorers and a tremendous joy adventuring and discovering the islands secrets.