The cloudy greys of dreary days have lifted from last week at Interior Obsessions with FormFire Glassworks, and we are letting in the light today with some interior and exterior screens. Screening space has been around for years, often seen in the threefold standing screen, once used to create private changing areas in smaller rooms, a style that is still available today in many different finishes and opacities. More interesting to me is the type of architectural screen that at once allows views between spaces to retain a visual connection to the space beyond, while defining areas or physically separating spaces.
Typically, this type of divider is modular in some way, either by pattern or construction. This allows the same idea to be translated into different heights and widths. Screens can vary both by material and by openness, ranging from perforated metal panels to light polycarbonate structures. They can be completely stationary or can have hanging or movable parts. They can span between floor and ceiling, be attached to the side of a structure, hang from above, or cantilever up from the floor. They are available in any color. They can be as small as a fin wall or as long as an entire side of a building. A screen can eliminate the need for a guardrail, or just serve to define a smaller area within a larger space. The choices are endless, but screens are a great way to define spaces without closing them in.
(above) Stair Guardrail