A foldable screen is useful for dividing up space, but it can do a lot more.
“It’s really a great way to add scale, texture, artistry, or a decorative moment,” said Thom Filicia, the New York-based interior designer.
Screens are essentially pop-up architectures.
Mr. Filicia uses them to separate different seating areas in a large room or to soften the corners of a room. It hides ugly heating and air conditioning systems, frames or emphasizes furniture, mirrors and art. And he used it to create privacy in glazed apartments.
While room dividers were once indispensable in professionally designed interiors, they are a little less common today. But Mr. Filicia thinks they’re due for a pandemic comeback.
“Now that everyone is working from home, I think screens are really going to be experiencing a renaissance,” he said, because they are an ideal way to create some physical separation between work and leisure. “Our personal rooms are becoming more multifunctional.”
Betty room divider screen
Padded screen with panels of various sizes
$ 640 at ABC Carpet & Home: 646-602-3101 or abchome.com
Steel shade with mirror panels by Yabu Pushelberg
$ 2,200 at Stellar Works: 646-606-3760 or stellarworks.com
Roma room divider screen
Iron grating with woven banana leaf panels
$ 349 at Urban Outfitters: 800-282-2200 or urbanoutfitters.com
Anaise Cane room divider screen
Black stained privacy screen made of wood and tube with curved panels
$ 549 at Crate & Barrel: 800-967-6696 or crateandbarrel.com
Umbrella made of leather and metal by Sebastian Herkner
Approximately $ 7,700 at 1stdibs: 1stdibs.com
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