The rise of room dividers

Privacy is the most important sufferer of our housebound days. These screens will assist enhance your indoor actual property and create versatile areas

Who doesn’t love open-plan houses? Then the lockdown occurred. Suddenly trendy, loft-like expanses turned stifling, with everybody in one another’s areas. “Clients are calling me up, asking for another den, another study to be added,” says Bengaluru-based architect-interior designer Vinita Chaitanya. One of the quickest options to “zone out your house” and create ‘new rooms’ in order that varied folks can work in it’s to make use of a display or room divider. “What was once confined to the boudoir is now moving out. From traditional folding options and beautifully-louvered plantation screens to glass and metal variations, they are extremely versatile,” she says. Some, corresponding to Canadian designers Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen’s Softwall dividers — with a honeycomb construction — might be pulled, pushed or curved (like an accordion) to create a spread of areas. “Others [like Rooshad Shroff’s hand-embroidered wooden screens] can provide a backdrop, like art,” says Chaitanya. Did (French designer) Coco Chanel used to decorate up her dwelling with 32 folding Coromandel chinoiserie screens? Ideal for residence residing, dividers additionally create dynamic areas. “They can be moved, they collapse and revert to the original, thus altering spaces to cater to different functions and different times,” says Chennai-based architect and inside designer Vikram Phadke. We choose 10 that may match completely different houses and budgets.

Rooshad Shroff: Embroidered Screens

Rooshad Shroff

Embroidered Screens

These recycled Burma teak wooden screens, with vibrant radiating whorls impressed by agates, are assertion makers. “They have double-sided embroidery and each piece is unique, with patterns and colours customised for a client/space,” says Shroff, who has additionally created variations with geometric and summary designs. The Mumbai-based designer and architect has used conventional wooden joinery methods and complex cotton thread embroidery (that may be redone over time, if required). “Screens have historically been used to add layers of privacy to a space without creating a complete enclosure. Free-standing screens [like ours] allow for flexibility.” ₹12 lakh, on

Kam Ce Kam

Divaar Screen

Soft curves and folds outline this ‘divaar’. Bringing collectively wooden, cane and glass, the ‘wall’ takes inspiration from room dividers’ early use as a dressing room staple, however London-based designer Jehanara Knowles (who launched her model final yr on the London Design Festival) contemporarises it to be used in any room in the home. With its a number of functionalities, why not use it within the residing room or to carve out a second house within the den? Available in black ash and pure ash finishes. Approximately ₹3,45,292, on

Sandeep Sangaru

Pinjra Shelves

Made from Kashmir walnut and deodar wooden, these minimal cabinets are purposeful and pleasing to the attention. “They have no back and therefore can be cleverly used to create a cosy niche to give people some much-needed privacy or a smart study corner,” says Bengaluru-based Sangaru. The designer revived Kashmir’s languishing pinjrakari craft — a type of jalli building made with interlocking wooden batons and historically used for window shutters and skylights — to create this collection. From ₹75,000 onwards, on

Ilaria Ferraro Toueg

Vonnie Separe

Add a splash of color, at the same time as you display off your room for some privateness. Vintage in attraction however up to date in type, Italian designer Ilaria Ferraro Toueg has used a brass body and silk cloth with a watered look for this ornamental folding display. The two-sided wood panel is upholstered in a Japanese-inspired jacquard that includes playful dragons and vibrant fringe. Need we are saying extra? Approximately ₹6,56,664, on

Sebastian Herkner

Venier Screen

The German designer is thought for his love of craftsmanship. As he instructed British journal Livingetc, “There is a sensitivity and identity to my work that emphasises the function, the material and the detail.” This is mirrored in Venier, with its strips of colored leather-based criss-crossing throughout a metallic construction “to create an unusual geometric effect and a sense of movement”. One of probably the most in-demand names in interiors immediately — final yr he was named Designer of the Year for Paris-based furnishings honest Maison&Objet — Herkner’s eye for element is mirrored within the meticulous weaving. Details:

Viya Home


“Many of our clients today are using screens as accent pieces to provide an additional layer of decoration. And when double-sided [like Majorelle], they are also being used effectively to aesthetically divide spaces,” says Vikram Goyal, co-founder of the Delhi-based model. Inspired by wildlife (drawn from previous botanical prints and etchings), these metallic dividers have been created with a contemporary aesthetic utilizing semi-precious supplies of their uncooked types. “Our screens are highly sculptural and three dimensional, and add a strong dose of glamour and drama to any interior,” he provides.

Shop Lune

Phases of the Moon

This divider advanced fairly serendipitously. “While working on the interiors of my [jewellery] store [in Mumbai last year], I couldn’t find furniture that appealed to me. I wanted to divide the space into a studio and a store/gallery, so I designed a divider that embodies all my influences,” says jewelry designer Sreesha Shetty, who’s at present additionally creating furnishings samples. Made from reclaimed teak wooden, recycled supplies, cane and mirror, it’s “inspired by Lunar tendencies [like my jewellery]. I wanted something that looked timeless, so there’s no polish on the wood; it looks natural and tough”. ₹55,000, on

Gulmohar Lane

Auroville Rattan Room Divider

This one harks again to the colonial period, and brings to thoughts plantation manors with rattan and wicker furnishings. As the model places it: “The uplifting design is from an era where room-dividers were absolute work of arts.” We agree. Completely handmade, the Auroville divider has a clear silhouette with traditional cane rattan weaving on wood panels. The antiqued stained end — obtainable in cinnamon and forest — is sealed with an oil-based lacquer for defense. From ₹39,000 onwards, on

Scarlet Splendour

88 Secrets

The Kolkata luxurious interiors model turned to Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc for this beautiful display. With meticulously pleated silk cloth drawn over a curved metallic body, “the screen is dainty yet a powerful design statement”, says co-founder Suman Kanodia. Part of the 88 Secrets assortment — an ode to the 88 constellations formally recognised by NASA — it was to have been unveiled on the Salone del Mobile 2020 in Milan. You can use both a single piece or layer a couple of to create drama and “transform the visual appearance” of any room. ₹2,25,000, on

Gucci: Octopus Three-panel Screen

Gucci: Octopus Three-panel Screen


Octopus Three-panel Screen

Gucci’s artistic director Alessandro Michele believes you could personalise your house a lot the identical method as you’ll your garments. So the Italian luxurious model’s dwelling decor sports activities iconic motifs (from each on and off the runway). While Gucci gives folding screens with patterns corresponding to a backyard print, pineapple print and geometrics, we love their ‘under the sea’ take. Bring the wonders of the deep blue indoors with this octopus room divider and sit again for the compliments. Approximately ₹2,248,851, on

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