The importance of detail in design: the Altaj door, presented by Lualdi, is the concrete outcome of this approach to the project by SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli studio

The new door project designed by SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli for Lualdi is inspired by Altai – literally the “golden mountain” – the Asian mountain range renowned since the Bronze Age for its artistic influence on the neighboring regions of China. Devised to go beyond the minimalism of the flush-fitted door that seeks to disappear into the wall, Altaj has as its border a sort of frame that lifts the surface of the door from the wall, enhancing its finish. This slender brass border emerges from the wall with a minimum thickness of 1.5 cm, running around all four sides and heightens the door’s three-dimensional quality, both in the view aligned with the wall and in the opposite one where the door is contained in the niche set in the thickness of the wall. The symmetry of the frame and absence of a stop make it a very effective decorative feature even when the door is in the open position. Due to its lightness, Altaj offers ample scope for customization. It can be faced with various materials, from porcelain stoneware to wood, wallpaper or leather, creating eye-catching visual effects and becoming a feature of the interior by its unmistakable and innovative character.

At a glance

What is it?
Altaj is a door designed for refined environments and, like all Lualdi products, is intended for both residential and contract settings.
What is the design concept?
The door is devised as a work of art, with the finish conceived as a prominent feature standing out from the wall to heighten the door’s importance and stress its symbolic meaning of transition and the passing of a threshold.
How is it made?
Due to its notable lightness, it lends itself to being faced with different materials and finishes.
How is it produced and where?
It is produced wholly in the Lualdi facility at Marcallo con Casone near Milan.  
How is it manufactured?
Advanced technical know-how is required for the fashioning of the details. Fabrication and composition of the individual parts are particularly delicate because of the mechanical precision need for working aluminum and the flexibility of the wood finishes.
What makes it special?
Altaj introduces a new concept in the relation between the door and its frame. The latter in fact completely disappears in favor of the door, which stands out, enhancing its importance of the door and endowing it with greater character, despite being fully incorporated into the wall masonry. 
What is it like?
Pure, artistic, eclectic.
In the designer’s own words
“Altaj grew out of the urge to combine restrained forms with technological research and efficiency while raising to the utmost its expressive potential and scope for customization.” Giuseppe Blengini