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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Door Not as Cool as It's Cracked Up to Be

Posted by on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Over the last week or so, GIFs of the Evolution Door have been making their way around the internet. And, yes, I admit it looks cool:

It's always interesting to see an everyday object re-imagined in a completely different way. And I expect that some rich people will start installing these doors in their homes. But come on. Doors are as ubiquitous as they are because doors work. And if doors don't work, you can take them off the hinges easily (or find alternate paths through.) But if one of those panels goes off its casters—or however it works, I'm not a door doctor, goddamnit—you're pretty much stuck. And if you were careless, or, say, drunk, and you made a wrong move, it could take your fucking finger clean off! Jesus, internet. You've already got doors. All the doors you'll ever need. Doors are amazing! Be satisfied with what you've got for once.


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Gordon Werner 1
re: finger amputations ... the designer shows that the edges are soft to prevent that.

still cool but impractical though
Posted by Gordon Werner on February 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
@1 - I don't want to live in a world where doors can't amputate a finger.
Posted by MacCrocodile on February 12, 2014 at 1:28 PM · Report this
If they're so great at engineering, why is the floor so damn squeaky?
Posted by SteamDawn on February 12, 2014 at 1:33 PM · Report this
briantrice 4
I'm pretty sure the soft edge is not the amputation concern. It's the door coming off in motion that's the concern. Failure modes can vary widely, not just the way the brain apprehends intuitively (can you tell I work in software? ok, nuclear reactors in the past, too).
Posted by briantrice on February 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM · Report this
Banna 5
Like nobody's ever gotten their fingers slammed in a conventional door.

They look like they're made of foam, anyway.
Posted by Banna on February 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM · Report this
Also, it doesn't look to have handles. If it did, you'd need separate ones for the open and closed position. You probably couldn't have any handle on the side of the door that faces the wall.

Posted by jcodybaker on February 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 7
That was my first thought.

This one doesn't look all that dangerous, but if you look at videos of some of his other sci-fi doors, some of them look like they were specifically designed to amputate careless fingers. They look super cool if operated properly by someone who knows what they are doing, but they look dangerous as fuck to the careless or inept.

That is the video of a future lawsuit.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on February 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 8
This is the most conservative article I've ever seen in the Stranger.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on February 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 9
Also, how do you open and close this from the other room?
Posted by MacCrocodile on February 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM · Report this
sasha 10
I don't use "The Door" because "The Man" uses "The Door!"
Posted by sasha on February 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM · Report this
rob! 11
This is a step backwards from the pocket door, which lives inside a wall, in that like a sliding barn door you can't put anything on or against that section of wall that the door moves across.

Wake me when the standard door is this.
Posted by rob! on February 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM · Report this
Eastpike 12
That is a good alternative to traditional doors for wheelchair users, especially in applications where a pocket door can't be retrofitted.
Posted by Eastpike on February 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM · Report this
treacle 13
"Be satisfied with what you've got for once."

Paul! What's happened to you? Did you suddenly turn 50 and all NIMBY or something?

We wouldn't have the freakin' Internet if we were "satisfied with what we've got for once." If you don't like that door, don't get one...

Posted by treacle on February 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM · Report this
This would work great in one of those space movies where long hallways are interrupted by bulkheads every couple feet. I hope a bad guy gets his arm jammed into the works, thus providing our heroes with a chance to escape.
Posted by six shooter on February 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM · Report this
NotSean 15
How do you mother-fuckin' slam it?
Posted by NotSean on February 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM · Report this
This reminds me of those dumb "life hacks" lists that get forwarded around on Facebook, showing creative, innovative ways to use regular household objects to solve problems nobody has.
Posted by Zeusifer on February 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM · Report this
Without disagreeing with any of your criticisms, Paul, I think this looks really cool and I totally could see installing one. But I'd make sure the carpenter left the old fittings in place for a real door to be hung when the new-fangled one fails.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on February 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 18
These will never kill as many people as sliding glass doors.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on February 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM · Report this

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