Schemer Seven: Screens
Screen Test: Screens are perhaps one of the most simple yet effective items of furniture. We’ve chosen seven, old and new, simple and ornate, that would grace any scheme.
By Rebecca Hoh-Hale
The contemporary Simbolo by Italy’s Altreforme is in aluminium. This is a signature material for the brand, which has its roots in automobile manufacture, diversifying from the Fontana Group in 2008 to experiment in the world of high end design.
ABC is a collaboration between furniture designer Channels and graphic designer Anthony Burrill’s landscape motifs. Each graphic is hand-cut by Channels’ cabinet-makers. A modern take, in oak, on mid century style wooden and wicker screens.
A modern design classic, Brick Screen by Eileen Gray is in high-gloss hand lacquered wood (115w x 24d x 187h cm). Irish born Gray is regarded as one of the most important furniture designers of the early 20th century. This piece is available from Aram Designs.
Each of the four knitted panels of the oak-framed room-divider Vela has over 1,000 iridescent acrylic squares which act like stained glass. The acrylic squares shift color from blues and mauves to silvers and golds, creating a kaleidoscopic sculpture.
Julian Chichester offers a classic option with the open back, three panel fret work screen. Entitled Anna, it is in bleached oak. Made to order and can be commissioned in an extra tall and four panel version at 2.8m high.
Narciso is an ebony inlaid screen by Italian family-owned, luxury furnishing company Promemoria. Available with three or four panels, both with bronze hinges; their highest of high end craftsmanship can be found in the UK showroom on the Pimlico Road.
Architectural ironmongers from Brussels, Emery & Cie have created the whimsical Oiseaux screen, hand forged in wrought iron. Designed with the idea that while "we feel the need to make balustrades to enclose space, let’s make them pleasant to look at".