Who isn't intrigued by the idea of having a secret door? Grensgeval, created by Dutch designer Lotty Lindeman in 2006, is a "secret door." I use quotes because it doesn't exactly blend seamlessly into the surroundings and has a much more modern spin than the push latch bookcases you would read about in a Nancy Drew book. Found via Dornob.
The door is flush with the surrounding walls when closed. Typical doors can only swing only one way because the hinge is located either on the left or the right. This door has what I will call "articulating header hinges" which allow the door can swing in or out of the room AND left or right. The articulating header hinges also allow the door to act as a partition or space divider or as a hidden walk way when fully extended.
Grensgeval is currently not available for commercial sale but let it open up a new world of possibilities for door design. Do doors really have to be hinged at the side? As it is, this door has so many possibilities from materials selection to the design of the ornamental hinges. Logos or intricate fretwork could be incorporated into the design for the ornamental hinge. If I were to design a space using this type of door, instead of gyp board wall and calling attention to the hinges, I would design it to blend in seamlessly. I can imagine this door camouflaging itself into a slatted wood wall I would carrying the ornamental hinge design across the expanse of the wall, for a more seamless, modern feel.
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