Modern design is always seeking ways to reinvent how we function in a space. This felt Softwall was created to divide up an area in a room or office and to function as a storage wall for small, infrequently used objects. Pretty clever, no?
If your design bent is art nouveau, these screens are just the thing for you. The sinuous tendrils are hand-carved out of walnut by noted woodworker Phillip Lloyd Powell.
This room divider has yellow lacquered shelves that tilt out. It's sort of a screen-meets-bookshelf. Designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1982, there is a lot of design bang for the buck in this little beauty.
I love a screen made of movable pieces. It lets the light softly pass through and creates a really interesting vertical wall. This one is made out of brown mahogany.
Here is another version of a screen with movable panels joined together. The clean white lacquer squares are really striking.
This French folding screen from the 1960s has a boldly colored checkerboard motif that is fantastic. It would be so fun mixed into a contemporary room.
Just imagine this gorgeous movable partition in a large loft apartment. How dramatic would that be? It's much more interesting than a Sheetrock wall if you ask me. This was designed in the 1950s by the famous French architect Jean Prouvé.
This screen is painted in what is called a Hard Edge style. I was surprised to see it attributed to the 1960s, but that doesn't take away from its unusual styling and impact.
There is nothing more classic than a beveled mirrored screen. Chic and sophisticated with modernist overtones, this one would literally shine in a living room or dining room. It has a stunning silver-leafed backside as well.
This floor screen takes the prize for artistic originality. Designed by British artist Sophie Coryndon, it is an outstanding example of Japanese lacquer techniques and gold leafing. The fabulous alligator baying at the moon is non-stop wonderful.
This screen is part of a modern furniture grouping from Cassina called "Mobile Elements." The designer, Antonio Citterio, wanted to create simple pieces that could easily be moved around the office or home to create privacy. I love the bright orange color and think the concept is just so very clever.
Nada Debs comes from Morocco, and her floor screen has a bit of an exotic touch. The woven straw texture filters light gently while still maintaining a sense of privacy.
I just had to share with you a traditional leather screen with nailheads. This Bordoni leather screen is an excellent example of traditional design. Screens of this type are always considered in good taste by one and all, and they can look gorgeous in modern and traditional homes.
How chic is this studded patent leather screen? It is screaming 1970s "razzamatazz" all over!
One of my haunts for art deco–style furnishings in Los Angeles is Anne Hauck Antiques. I was delighted to come upon this set of five wall panels executed in the style of Jean Dunand, another rather famous art deco furniture designer you should be aware of. The black lacquer and gold leaf variations are stunning.
A re-issue of a famous designer's work can be a way to purchase something in perfect condition at a much more affordable price point. Herman Miller did just that with an original folding panel wood screen design from legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames.
Simplicity meets elegance in this 1950s modernist folding screen made of fabric and metal. I think this would slip beautifully into a country house or a wonderful house at the beach.
These floor screens/room dividers were created out of wood and are replete with Asian design symbols. The peeling paint adds to their mystery and charm. I would love to see these in a contemporary room as an unexpected contrast to sleek modern furnishings.