overhung venetian blinds + how-to discover design flaws

j. wapniewska

j. wapniewska

When we stumbled on this image, we had to look twice to see what was so clever about the use of a classic white Venetian blind.

Had the blind been hung inside the doorway, it would have had a very ordinary effect; and the blind’s boxy top mechanism would have obstructed the lines of the door showing through. Hanging it from the ceiling makes it look kind of scuptural, and the strong vertical line makes the ceiling look higher. Surprising.

We discovered a practical problem with this clever design when we imagined ourselves going out the door (or actually, we imagined hanging a blind over our own terrace door). Then we discovered that if the blind is down to shade the light, it would be difficult to go through the door without having to lift the blind.

Which reminds how how difficult it can be to have a clever idea be workable in every way.

via Design Milk

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5 Responses to overhung venetian blinds + how-to discover design flaws

  1. Linda 07.17.2013 at 7:03pm #

    The track/mounting bar needs to be installed on a pivot “system”. I’ll take 4!

  2. Sally 07.17.2013 at 7:05pm #

    Y’know, that crossed my mind…a swing arm. Though I’d worry that the blinds would get bashed up….But I’d still like to see it in action. Who knows? Thanks.

  3. Ann 07.21.2013 at 2:20pm #

    FYI: There are swing arm curtain rods. Perhaps you could attach blinds to the swing arm curtain rod. And wooden blinds would hold up better, I’d imagine.

  4. Sally 07.21.2013 at 3:09pm #

    Yeah, that WOULD be something to try…!

  5. I totally agree. I don’t think this “door blind” will work for the door’s purpose. There’s got to be another way.

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