How parquet barn doors gave old natural wood flooring a new life and architectural role.
Sliding barn-style doors need not be “found.” They can be fabricated from materials, either reclaimed or new. Consider the lustrous parquet barn doors in a London apartment [top]. These sliding panels were constructed from squares of basket-weave oak parquet flooring that was salvaged from a school. Warming up the interior visually was an important consideration for the owners of this 70’s vintage “brutalist” apartment. To accomplish that, designer Maria Speake, of Retrouvius, used her reclamation aesthetic for surfaces and mixed that with vintage mid-century furniture. Both tied in well to the original mahogany window and door frames in the apartment, which were preserved.
Cleaned and sanded, then used as cladding for sections of wall and for sliders, the parquet gives a room the same attributes as wood-paneling. (Even in this photo there’s an optical illusion and you could think you were looking at a floor!)
Assembled from short strips that fit together sideways, parquet can have various patterns. This basket weave is created by squares set perpendicular to each other. To be used on a vertical surface, however, parquet must be fixed to a panel and framed. In the dining room, door-panel backs were left plain and painted to match the walls.
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