Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2007
Featured in the designers "My Find" section. Portera was highlighted as a must know resource for interior designers and architects alike.
The Design Magazine
"Portera doors which are mad of walnut. chestnut, oak and pine, come from castles, old farmhouses and churches in Spain. The majority are from country estates. Craftsmen restore the doors to match the style of the time and period, using beams or flooring from that era."
"Antique Spanish doors are lovely in a home with a Mediterranean theme, and can look stunning in a modern home as well."
Mark Cutler Design Blog
"To say that they are old door sellers is like saying Christies is a used furniture store, this place will take your breath away."
"While all they sell is doors, you should think about other ways you can use them. I am planning to make a headboard out of one, and for another project I think a pair of double doors would make a great art piece just hung on a wall."
Western Interiors & Design Magazine
August / September 2007
"Hand carved pine doors with Spanish and Navaho influences mark a John Gaw Meem structure in New Mexico. To create your own grand entrance, head to Portera in Pasadena, California, to select from it's many antique Spanish doors."
Los Angeles Times
August 9, 2007
"As co-founder and Managing Partner of the vintage Spanish door showroom Portera in Pasadena, John Simpson had a passion for Spanish architecture but wanted his own house to feel distinctive, not formulaic."
The Perfect Complement to CA Architecture
Pasadena's Portera deals in rare wood doors restored by old world Spanish craftsmen. Salvaged from estates and churches, the pieces date back to the 15th century and range from hand-painted double doors to oversized rhombus-shaped portals."
"Salvaged from a variety of structures all over Spain, including former castles, churches, farm houses and rustic buildings and from a wide assortment of architectural styles,these majestic doors are saturated with historic character and originality"
"Must-have Products: First impressions begin at the entryway, and Portera Antique Spanish Doors guarantee a grand entrance. Taken from convents, homes and historical properties primarily in Spain, the portals are imported to the US, where they are lovingly restored."
"If you are a homeowner looking to make a statement before your guests even cross your threshold, a new company based out of Pasadena may be the answer to your prayers. Perfect for a wine cellar or a grand entryway, the Portera doors are functional antiques from nearly every region of Spain, many of which have seen service for hundreds of years."
"You can learn a great deal about a home and its inhabitants simply by observing its front door, which often says more about the soul of the place than any single element. And nowhere in Southern California is its selection a more profound and personal issue than at Portera Antique Spanish Doors."