As a relatively new condo owner, I’ve spent a fair amount of time the past few months looking at and buying home furnishings and considering home improvements. I saw an article that suggested seeing the hardware on your doors as “jewelry for your entrance,” and while I’m not sure I would see it as jewelry per se, I can see how an interesting door handle could add some visual appeal to your door. Let’s take a look at a few interesting pieces below.

Here’s a pair that were included in the newspaper article: at left, a “Modern Disc Crystal” by a company called Emtek, and at right is “Edge Passage Set,” which are slender escutcheons with rock-shaped knobs by Rocky Mountain Hardware. (editor’s note: if you’re like me and need to look up the word “escutcheon,” I’ll save you the trouble: it’s a flat piece of metal for protection and often ornamentation, around a keyhole, door handle, or light switch, and comes from a Latin word which means “shield”)

A search for “high end door hardware” brought up some more interesting options: at left, the “Titan Starburst Door Set,” by Rejuvenation. At right, a turquoise and gold door knob, manufacturer unknown.

artsy door knobs

Here’s a pair that I really like, courtesy of the artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel … did you realize that he’s also designed beds, fireplaces, lighting and tables in addition to hardware? I love it – an artist who covers all the angles. At any rate, below left is a door handle which he has titled “Library,” and below right is one that he has titled “Cameo.”

Julian Schnabel designs door handles

I’ll wrap this up by admitting that my condo front door still has its original and ordinary door handle (which sometimes jams and is difficult to open), which probably came from Home Depot for $25, so I’m not quite there in having anything like the examples above … but perhaps I’ll upgrade at some point. In the meantime, going beyond the idea of artistic door handles, check out these full-blown artistic doors!