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Classical Doors

The most ancient doors were in timber, those made for King Solomon's temple being in olive wood, which were carved and overlaid with gold. The doors dwelt upon in Homer would appear to have been cashed in silver or brass. Besides olive wood, elm, cedar, oak and cypress were used. A 5,000-year-old door has been found by archaeologists in Switzerland. The earliest records are those represented in the paintings of the Egyptian tombs, in which they are shown as single or double doors, each in a single piece of wood.

Many people are worried about doors; especially when they design their own homes. This week's column focuses on classical doors and their accessories. The door generally fits into a frame consisting of a head jamb and side jambs. Doors are either solid or hollow with some door types and styles mainly designed for exterior use while others are used inside the home.

Doors can take up a surprising amount of floor space, a factor that must be considered in the planning stages of new building work. Generally exterior doors are heavy and strong. For entry doors, we recommend solid wood. Hollow doors are lighter in weight than solid doors and are generally used for interiors only. They are less expensive and easy to maintain.

Exterior doors are hinged so that they swing inward. They should be hinged in the direction of natural entry. Whenever possible, they should swing against a blank wall. For safety, doors are usually not hinged to swing into a hallway. Hinged doors are the most space consuming, requiring a sweep of floor area as well as a section of free wall space comfortable to the size of the door itself to accommodate the door when it is fully open.

There are various types of heritage doors. The doors of the mosques in Cairo were of two kinds; those which externally were cased with sheets of bronze or iron, cut out in decorative patterns, and incised or inlaid, with bosses in relief; and those in wood, which were framed with interlaced designs of the square and diamond, this latter description of work being Coptic in its origin.

The Greek Revival style flourished from about 1820 to 1860. This style enhanced an elaborate entrance. These doors were usually surrounded by small widows and made use of additional wood or masonry frameworks.

Gothic doors use what is known as “frame-and-plank” construction. Vertical planks are attached to a basic frame, which provides the stabilizing structure. In some cases, planks are fastened to both sides of the frame, effectively hiding the internal frame from view. The beautiful arched shaped old Gothic doors are still preserved in the Notre dame university, Yale and Princeton in USA.

Victorian houses the external doors were invariably painted, unless they were made of hardwood. Typically they had four panels but there might have been two smaller glazed panels at the top. Later in this century stained and etched glass became very popular in these panels. Door furniture was often solid rather than elaborate.

In the Renaissance period the Italian doors were quite simple, their architects trusting more to the doorways for effect. But in France and Germany the contrary is the case, the doors being elaborately carved, especially in the Louis XIV and Louis XV periods. They sometimes had architectural features such as columns and entablatures with pediment and niches, the doorway being in plain mason.

Door handle
Door handles are a very important feature and to the aesthetic appeal of doors. Generally Gothic and Victorian door handles are brass and nickel plated.

Door bells
Although modern homes now dominantly make use of door bells, in bygone eras door knockers were more commonly used. Classical doors used gorgeous metal or brass door bells with various motifs.

Doorstops are simple devices used to prevent a door from coming into contact with another object (typically a wall). Without the door stop, damage might be done to the wall. They may either absorb the force of a moving door, or hold the door in place to prevent unintended motion.

Door guards
The purpose of door guards (also known as hinge guards, anti-finger trapping devices, or finger guards) is to reduce the number of finger trapping accidents in doors, as doors pose a risk to children especially when closing. Door guards protect fingers in door hinges by covering the gap that is created by opening doors by covering the hinges of doors with a piece of rubber or plastic that wraps from the door frame to the door. There are also door safety products which eject the fingers from the push side of the door as it is being closed.

There are various levels of door protection. Front door protection a front anti-finger trapping device but leaves the rear hinge pin side of the door unprotected. Full door protection uses front and rear anti-finger trapping devices and ensures the hinge side of a door is fully protected.

Safety doors
A safety door prevents finger injuries near the hinges without the use of door guards. Rather than covering the danger area, the shape of the door is changed so that an accessible gap does not form. This is achieved by adding a perfectly circular ("bull-nose" shaped) extension to the door, which moves in and out of a cavity as the door opens and closes. This prevents injuries caused near the hinges - either inside or outside.

In endnote, doors provide the first impression of a home and hence its inhabitants and one could never go wrong with choosing door wisely.

Interior Consultant
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By Tanziral Dilshad Ditan

Thai Food Festival @ Uttara Club

Thai cuisine has indeed gained enormous popularity in our country and the whole at large. The spices, the flavours, and the aroma of authentic Thai food never fail to mesmerise us.

However, it is equally true that there are very few places in our country where you actually get authentic Thai food.

The recently held Thai Food Festival, held on Thursday 24 May at Uttara Club, was a celebration presenting refreshingly original Thai elements flown in from Thailand, which are rooted deep in Thai cuisine.

For starters, the menu consisted of items such as Tom Yum Koong and Prawn Spring Roll. The main course was rich with lobster, chicken green curry, deep fried turmeric fish, pineapple fried rice with prawn, BBQ beef salad, fried mixed vegetable, soft-shell crab fried with black pepper, etc.

Indeed, Thailand knows intelligent use of fruits in a large number of dishes. And when it comes to desserts, there is obviously no exception. The desserts included items such as coconut milk sticky rice with mango, and seasonal fruits.

To delight the guests even more, a live band show was also performed.

Uttara Club always comes up with amazing festivals and events to delight people. This authentic food festival was just one of them. Apart from the great, mouth-watering Thai cuisine, this food carnival was also a way of reinforcing the friendship between two countries; a way of showing respect and admiration towards another culture.

-- LS Desk
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed


CP Chicken

You are a student and you belong to the age group at which you have a voracious appetite which is perhaps only a little shy of that of a monster's, attributable to the long hours of class, extra hours of extracurricular activities, part-time jobs and of course the endless hours spent stuck in traffic. This appetite forces you to crave good food, but let us face it, nothing good comes for free; and looking into your wallets and purses you realise that the notes coming in from the hours of part-time jobs are not really enough for the craving of good food every day.

This is where CP Chicken comes to the rescue. CP Chicken, now a very well-known brand among Dhaka households, started its journey in 2008 under a different name “Five Star Fried Chicken”. It is an initiative of CP Bangladesh Co., which is the local sister concern of CP Group Thailand, a renowned conglomerate that has the vision of becoming the Kitchen of Bangladesh.

Over the past year and a half CP Chicken has sprouted around the Dhaka metropolis at an exponential rate and now you will smell the aroma of delicious CP Chicken wafting towards you at 50 different spots all over the city, where you will be served scrumptious chicken items at reasonable prices.

CP Chicken is available at its outlets from the afternoon onwards till stocks last. The chicken used comes from the poultry farm of CP Bangladesh Co. itself, which is situated at Hemayetpur, Savar, along with its factory where the chicken is marinated and sent to the various branches. The chickens are then fried at the branches and served to you fresh and steaming.

CP Chicken's menu includes Crispy Fried Chicken starting from Tk.50 to Tk.95, Spicy Chicken, Hot Wings and Masala Chicken. Recently Chicken Balls, Sausages and Frank Cocktails have been introduced which are also prepared and sent to branches ready to be fried. They even have their own brand of sauce to go with their items.

Currently CP outlets are situated at Uttara, Gulshan, Dhanmondi, Moghbazaar/Malibagh, Motijheel, Old Dhaka, Mirpur and Savar and each of these places have a number of these outlets all over the area. Here is to hoping that CP Chicken expands itself beyond Dhaka soon and indeed becomes the Kitchen of Bangladesh.

By Karishma Ameen



The t-shirt with the lip-stick mark

Just the other day I was combing through my wardrobe looking for something suitable to wear to my friend's birthday party. That was when my eyes fell on it; the contours of a scandalous huge red lip gaping at me from a grey t-shirt.

If this were a soap opera this was the part where you would expect to hear the thunder claps and see me screaming out loud on witnessing proof of my better half's infidelity. But, unfortunately, life is not as dramatic as soap operas and the aforementioned red lipstick was printed on the t-shirt wasn't a sigh of sacrilege but this was what had led me to buy it in the first place.

It was a few weeks ago when I realised that I was in dire need of new pajamas and thus set off for the paradoxical Dhaka College market. I say paradoxical because of its dual nature. It is a heaven for western wear at the cheapest prices imaginable, as known by all, and it is also hell because the temperature there can put a furnace to shame.

Now, once you go to this place there is always the inevitable possibility of you buying more than you had planned to, at least that is what happens to me, but this time around that did not seem to be the case. This market seems to bring out the haggler in me as if the lower prices were not low enough and so expectedly, the haggling began with me storming away to the next shop after unsuccessfully haggling for a pair of pajamas.

It was amidst all this wrangling that I noticed that t-shirt with the big red pout on the chest. I instantly fell in love with it. Although red-lipstick isn't all the rage as one might suggest but I could at least wear it elsewhere if not on my lips.

So I got the t-shirt for the perfect price; Tk.100, the maximum I prefer to pay for anything I purchase at that market. Being adamant on buying pajamas for a much lower price and storming out of many a shop, I finally gave up and returned home, for the first time, with only one packet. But the good news is I get to sport red lipstick now and for the first time, it wasn't tacky.

By Karishma Ameen


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