Pivot Left, Pivot Right

Given how popular they are now, it’s hard to believe that the first time I ever saw a pivot door was circa 2007, when a pizzeria opened up around the corner from our then-apartment. You walked up and there was this huge 20 foot door, and it wasn’t immediately clear how you opened it. But by gently pulling on a discreet handle, the entire thing pivoted inward, gliding easily along and making the whole arrival into the restaurant feel super chic and modern. Yes, a pizzeria entryway managed to feel chic and modern.

I’ve seen pivot doors popping up on Pinterest a lot lately, and I have to say, it’s a door trend that I’m totally into. I especially like the idea of a big, floor to ceiling glass pivot door that leads out to a patio or pool area. You could pop that sucker open and really live and indoor/outdoor life!

Here, I rounded up a few of my favorites. With their clean lines and glass, pivot doors are decidedly modern, so if you’re into that sort of thing, get ready to drool!

{Amitzi Architects via Houzz}

{Burdge and Associates via Houzz}

{Jensen Architects via Houzz}

{Allen Bianchi via Houzz}

{Charlie Barnett Associates via Houzz}

{Feldman Architecture via Houzz}

{Feldman Architecture via Houzz}

{Toby Scott}

{Top Image Credit: Allen Bianchi, via Houzz}

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  1. 11.15.12
    Tiffany said:

    I’m loving this pivot door! I’ve never seen one in real life, but I would love too!

  2. 11.15.12

    Really cool!

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    xo, Christina

  3. 11.15.12
    Alyssa said:

    I’ve never really thought of this as an element in my future dream home, but these pictures have certainly convinced me. So cool!

    The Glossy Life

  4. 11.15.12

    holy heaven, batman. take me to that last image immeds!

  5. 11.15.12
    rita said:

    um, yes please. i would move into # 2 & #7 immediately, without even seeing the rest of the house!

  6. 11.15.12

    I. Love. Especially that last one.

  7. 11.15.12
    Kenze Lee said:

    I’m loving this trend as well, though it seems much more practical for a warmer climate than Boston, who knows?!

    xo, Kenzie


  8. 11.15.12

    Delicious doors and I too am a fan! They always stop me in my tracks, especially framed in warm wood.

  9. 11.15.12
    jen ramos said:

    That last photo of the door is incredible… love it

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  10. 11.15.12

    Yes to the last!!! I’d take it, but I’d hate to clean it hehe

  11. 11.15.12
    janel said:

    i love it when juxtaposed with the lush nature! dream door!

  12. 11.15.12
    Anna said:

    OMG! I found a dream entry. I’ve seen these inside a few offices but never in front of a house.

  13. 11.15.12

    I need this right now.

  14. 11.15.12
    lexi said:

    I absolutely love this … though I have this funny feeling that I’d probably wind up hitting my face with the door.

  15. 11.19.12
    Giovanna said:

    The 3rd one is my fave! Simply stunning! Loving this door trend!


  16. 11.26.12

    Love these. All that glass! All that light! Wonderful