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Door J'Adore

A celebration of the world's most beautiful doors

Written by Nick Rowell

Published: 12/06/2018

About the author

Nick Rowell was born in Paris but grew up near Oxford, England. During his university years, Nick set off travelling. Months into his journey, he settled in Argentina where he spent time living and learning among the locals. It was the cosmopolitan streets of Buenos Aires where he first developed an interest in photographing doors. In an attempt to seek out even more beautiful doors, Nick set up the instagram account @door_jadore to allow him to capture all those he came across, and connect with other door enthusiasts. He now has a treasure trove of images of enchanting, intricate and unique doors from all corners of the world, from Norway and the Netherlands, to the Faroe Islands and French Polynesia. When he's not busy running his award-winning production company, Nick spends his time adding to his door collection, with the help of friends and contributors from across the globe.

Doors are a barrier between reality and imagination, and the portal between private and public. And therein lies their sense of mystery: without opening them we will never know what or who lies behind them. Our curious nature leads us to wonder what is beyond, and we only have what we see in front of us to go by, but take a closer look and you will discover that every door tells its own story. Whether it’s the particular shade of paint, the texture of the finish, an extravagant knocker, the plant that scrambles around the frame or an elegantly turned handle, every door reveals the secret of its past, its present, its culture and the person who lives behind it.

This book showcases a variety of beautiful doors chosen for their wide-ranging appeal and celebrates the everyday beauty of something we take for granted—doors.