EXTRAORDINARY ENTRANCEWAYS: DAYORIS DOORS

by STACEY MARCUS / photography by HOLGER OBENAUS

The famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell is credited with coining the phrase: “When one door closes, another one opens.” It refers to the fact that endings are often the preludes to new beginnings. Doors and new beginnings are part of the story of DAYORIS Doors, a company that designs, manufactures and installs contemporary Italian doors for luxury residences here in South East Florida, across the country and around the world.

When Melissa and Scott Kucine were renovating their luxury high-rise Miami condominium in 2010, they reached out to Dan Benitah, founder of DAYORIS Doors, to discuss buying beautiful modern doors they had seen in a magazine ad. “He did such an amazing job that when my husband sold his business and was looking for a new venture, I suggested he call Dan,” Melissa Kucine says. “We were both so impressed with his work, work ethic, marketing skills and youthful energy.”

While the company that Benitah founded in 2007 focused on elevator door refacing and entry doors, the direction was starting to move toward the model of European frameless and invisible doors. DAYORIS Doors created a niche in the United States for Italian doors that are adaptable to the preferences and parameters of the U.S. market.

Kucine points out that in Europe you will seldom see a door over 8 feet tall. The U.S. market, however, loves oversize frameless doors with concealed hinges. “It’s the Italian magnetic mortises that really make a door a European door,” says Kucine, who notes that the door does not have a latch that protrudes when it is open. “The proprietary jamb system that Dan and Scott designed is what makes it a unique and sought-after product. The oversize floor-to-ceiling frameless doors are in super high demand from architects that are building modern, high-end custom homes. One of the main reasons people from the United States turn to us is that we are able to provide doors that are oversize and adaptive to American framing requirements.”

When floor-to-ceiling doors are opened, you get unobtrusive views from room to room. When a DAYORIS door of this type is open, instead of being a doorway, it feels more like a spacious hallway. “People who come to us love oversize doors. And we can go really big!” Kucine exclaims. She notes that some doors the company provides are seen less as doors and more as room dividers. “In modern design, less is really more,” she says. Modern design calls for the absence of decorative casings and ornate design; minalimist hardware and concealed jambs and track systems are an integral part of the sleek design aesthetic.

Kucine says that DAYORIS Doors are used on high-end residential homes around the country. “Our clients are outstanding in their fields: sports celebrities, software billionaires, and restaurant and supermarket chain owners are among our elite roster of clients,” she says, noting that the company’s doors are typically designed for and installed in homes averaging $10 million. “Our doors are specified by architects and builders of homes during preconstruction.”

DAYORIS Doors employs a team of about 80 people locally, and it has manufacturing partners in Europe. “We have a great and loyal team, and great employee retention. Our staff is happy and challenged. They often recruit family members to join the team,” says Kucine.

DAYORIS Doors has designed, manufactured and installed over 30,000 doors. “It is truly amazing what we have built. What started off as a strip mall showroom with one garage bay is now almost a city block of showroom and manufacturing space,” concludes Kucine.

Stacey Marcus is a Boston-based freelance lifestyle, luxury and travel writer. Her works have appeared in Art New England, Boston magazine, Boston Common Magazine, Modern Luxury Chicago, Ocean Home Magazine, Playboy.com, RD.com and many others. A lover of big words and little white dogs, Stacey’s biggest joys are found in life’s simple moments.