Musicbox door bell
for
Vervloet
by Jean-François D'Or

Musicbox door bell




DESCRIPTION
The sound of the Musicbox door bell is propagated by the material of the entrance door and spreads languidly in the house; ensuring that the person standing at your door is waiting with a singing smile. A note back to mechanical low technology and people proximity. 

Clin d’oeil, door bell face mirror shines your portrait reflection upside down; welcome home.

Musicbox can also be used as a musical object drop on a table or a desk.


MATERIAL
Satin brass | Anodized aluminium | Other materials and finishes on request.


DIMENSION
Mechanical music box version | Door handle D100 x H60 mm.

Electronic button ring version | Door handle D100 x H60 mm.

Table music box object version | Door handle D100 x H60 mm.


DESIGN
Jean-François D'Or.

CLIENT
Edited by Vervloet | Produced and distributed by Vervloet.


PRICE

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Pictures © Stéphanie Derouaux | Laetitia Bica © Page 15.




The sound of the Musicbox door bell is propagated by the wood of the entrance door and spreads languidly in the house; ensuring that the person standing at your door is waiting with a singing smile. 
A note back to mechanical low technology and people proximity. 
Clin d’oeil, door bell face mirror shines your portrait reflection upside down.
Welcome home.

Welcome home at Belgitude




Ideas often come to him from daily life. When his doorbell was broken, Jean-Francois D'Or experimented with a music box outside his entrance, and when he noticed that it conjured up a smile on every visitor’s face – Even the police were well-disposed ! – he decided to turn this makeshift object into a real doorbell. It had a fabulous effect, so I realized I had to do something with it. The result is a low-tech mood enhancing doorbell, made of brass with a mirror effect; to arrange your hair before the door opens but as the image is upside down it’s more of a clin d'oeil to make us smile even more broadly. After a long day’s work you want to come home and feel good.


It started with the bell, but Jean-Francois D'Or didn’t stop there. He developed two more objects to give us that welcoming feeling: a subdued jolly door handle and a simple yet assertive umbrella stand. When I am looking for new projects, like for example the door handle, I usually play with existing objects. Coincidentally, I had a tobacco pipe in my hands and the more I looked at it, the more I was convinced that this could be an excellent door handle. 


Furthermore, all my life I’ve been in love with hats and umbrellas, so for me a nice umbrella stand is a must. Usually it’s the kind of item people prefer to hide behind the door, whereas I think they deserve recognition, especially in a country with as many rainy days as Belgium.

I have designed a practical umbrella stand in brass that welcomes you home, despite the showers outside.

For his Belgitude series, Jean-Francois D'Or worked with Maison Vervloet, ironmonger and purveyor of decorative hardware, a family company still going strong after a respectable 112 years. I’ve been working with them for many years. They excel at craftsmanship and working in brass. Of course, during such a long history quite a few door handles have been made. 45,000 to be more precise. I learned that when I shared my idea of designing a door handle for ‘Belgitude’: at Maison Vervloet they are obviously not easily impressed. So of course they teased me, and this door handle inspired by a smoking pipe is the result! The working relationship between Jean-Francois D'Or and Maison Vervloet has always been one of mutual appreciation, which ensures that everything is possible approach. Talk about ‘Linking Minds’.


Veerle Devos | DAMN° magazine | Picture © Laetitia Bica 

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