A room divider is useful for dividing the space, but it can do so much more.
“It’s a really great way to bring out scale, texture, artistry or a decorative moment,” says Thom Filicia, the New York-based interior designer.
Screens, he noted, are essentially pop-up architecture.
mr. Filicia uses them to separate different sitting areas in one large space, or to soften the corners of a room. He uses them to hide unsightly heating and air conditioning equipment and to frame or highlight furniture, mirrors and art. And he has used them to create privacy in apartments with glass walls.
While room dividers were once de rigueur in professionally designed interiors, today they are a little less common. But Mr. Filicia thinks they’re ready for a pandemic-driven comeback.
“Now that everyone is doing home offices, I think screens are really going to have a renaissance,” he said, as they are an ideal way to create a physical separation between work and leisure. “Our personal spaces are becoming more and more multifunctional.”
Betty Room Divider Screen
Upholstered screen with panels of different sizes
$640 at ABC Carpet & Home: 646-602-3101 or abchome.com
Steel screen with mirror panels from Yabu Pushelberg
$2,200 at Stellar Works: 646-606-3760 or stellarworks.com
Roma room divider screen
Iron screen with woven banana leaf panels
$349 at Urban Outfitters: 800-282-2200 or urbanoutfitters.com
Anaise Cane room divider screen
Black stained wood and reed screen with curved panels
$549 at Crate & Barrel: 800-967-6696 or kratandbarrel.com
Leather and metal screen by Sebastian Herkner
About $7,700 at 1stdibs: 1stdibs.com
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