Furniture screens for Interiors

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Flicking through various Tomes at the weekend I came across numerous interiors that had used furniture screens and thought, wow, they completely transform a space by adding not only a design feature and focal point but are also completely functional in many different ways (see end of blog).

The folding screen originated in China and was a great way for artists to showcase their work. They were imported from China to Europe in the 17th and 18th Centuries and were exceptionally popular in France. One such famous collector was Coco Chanel who owned 32 screens, 8 of which were housed in her Paris apartment. She said 'I've loved Chinese screens since I was eighteen years old. I nearly fainted with joy when, entering a Chinese shop, I saw a Coromandel for the first time. Screens were the first thing I bought.'

So there you have it, high praise indeed, and, the screen is a trend to watch this year with numerous Designers giving us their take on this ancient piece of furniture.

I love this simple statement screen by Deborah Bowness

This stylish screen by Ligne-roset captures another key trend - wood

This screen by Driade doubles as a photo holder

Ways to use your screen

As a screen (radical I know!) - Hide away unsightly areas

As a headboard - flat against a wall behind a simple bed will add wow factor to a bedroom

As a room divider - make space as flexible as you like, create different zones in a room when required, then move back against ta wall when not in use to work as a piece of art

As artwork - stand against a wall for a concertina piece of artwork, or stand behind a sofa, or console in a hallway to add depth and interest.

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