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My name is Alex Geriner, and I’m the founder of Doorman Designs. My talented team and I design and build a line of handmade furniture that evokes a sense of place and tells a story by using a variety of reclaimed woods, architectural salvage, and materials found throughout the Gulf South. I’m 31 years old and was born and raised in south Louisiana. From a young age, I was destined to build. My mother has been in the furniture industry since before I was born, and my dad has a sharp engineering mind that can build anything. I founded Doorman Designs four years ago after graduating from college in Mississippi and returning to New Orleans. Doorman Designs is a line of furniture that is designed and built by hand in New Orleans using reclaimed wood and sustainable materials
Limited by a dismal post-graduate budget, I desired to furnish my 1880s apartment with furniture that embodied the charm and grit of the Crescent City. So, I decided to start making my own furniture. My first creation: an antique headboard crafted from an old growth cypress, five panel door salvaged from a house flooded in Hurricane Katrina. I inlaid the panels with ornate, 19th century ceiling tins to give the piece more character and history. From there I started handcrafting and selling more headboards and eventually began designing a wider range of furniture including lighting, and reclaimed coffee tables and dining room tables.
The materials we use are sourced from around the Gulf South with an emphasis on sustainability and an understanding of our environment. Much of our eco friendly furniture is built with reclaimed wood from historic New Orleans homes destroyed or damaged by Katrina. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I know how much history is to be found in New Orleans’ architectural details. After Katrina, my heart broke seeing the city’s soul, flooded and ruined, and being torn down. I believe that each door, each window frame, and each piece of wood is a piece of the South that should never be lost, but saved. I like to think that I’m keeping their stories alive through my designs and furniture.