Archetype: Doors with Joe Nahem

JOE NAHEM | Joe Nahem, along with his late business partner Tom Fox, launched the interior design firm Fox-Nahem Associates more than 30 years ago. The firm – comprising a talented team of professionals – has a deeply personal and decidedly hands-on creative process. Nahem and his associates are expert at identifying clients’ unique needs and translating their dreams into reality. With one-of-a-kind antiques, eclectic vintage pieces, sumptuous materials and surprising details, Fox-Nahem designs are known for quality and curatorial expertise. Nahem has worked on residences designed by architects such as Charles Gwathmey, Steven Harris, Richard Meier, Annabelle Selldorf, Robert A.M. Stern and Stanford White.


Knotty Alder | “This is a terrific barn-style door finished in attractive, unpretentious wood. We’ve used them in both rustic designs and more contemporary interiors. We like these doors hung, with sliding hardware, on a track from above. Recently, we used these barn-style doors in a very elegant, minimally designed beach home on eastern Long Island. It works perfectly for the space, and it’s such an easy, carefree door for the client’s home and their big family. They love it.”


Shalimar | “For many projects, we often keep all doors the same, but this elegant door makes a strong and colorful statement all on its own. The delicate carving is also a nice touch that sets it apart. We think this could serve well as a powder room door, as well as for other applications with materials like suede, faux-alligator or other accents.”


Plank Door | “This is a gorgeous plank door and so handsome for a modern interior. In this instance, the door can be manufactured in a 42” width – which is pretty much mega-sized. That size is substantial and looks super. Plus, the variety of available wood and finish options make it a perfect vehicle for statement hardware and details.”


Jeld-Wen Moda | “This is a terrific option. Goodlooking, solidly straightforward door at a great price. Perfect as a passage door, with clear glass, or for a bathroom, with translucent glass. It also could take color well. Give it a special paint job, and this handsome door would be an excellent choice.”

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