Jun 21, 2017 | By Allyson Rees
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We are loving the current retro vibe that is spreading across interiors with quotes from the ‘50s and the ‘70s, and the old-fashioned dividing screen is a definite protagonist of this current. Highlighted as a key item at last month’s Maison & Objet, it is interesting how designers are taking the multi-surfaced folding or fixed element to experiment with shape, texture and pattern, creating real sculptural pieces that are definitely not too shy to stand centre stage in a room.
Italian-born and London-based, Martino Gamper teases the eye once again with Paraventissimo: what looks like precious hard stone intarsia from afar is actually a skilful composition of textured lino in retro, refined colours. Presented at Design Miami in December by Nilufar Gallery, the use of lino for the screen brings the designer’s socially-conscious approach to design to a whole new experimental level.
Playing at the opposite end, design duo Dimore Studio favour the screen as a key piece to complete interiors, enjoying the retro glamour that this piece evokes, and heightening that by using brass, metals and rich, precious fabrics onto 1970s-inspired, linear and very elegant shapes. They also collaborated with luxury fashion brand Fendi for the Roman Lounge at Design Miami, shaping the space with refined transparencies and retro geometries that could come right out of a 007 movie – one with Roger Moore, of course.
Also very James Bond set-like is Boca do Lobo‘s glamorous screen, where materials exude luxury at first glance, with high-gloss gold leaf, black lacquer and walnut veneer coming together in a sculptural piece.
Not everyone takes design so seriously though, and Italian brands Colé and Arflex inject some colour and humour into interiors with more commercial patterned compositions. Saba Italia’s Shade screen by Marco Zito brings the idea a little further, separating the parts to create a divider system of modular yet very soft, naive-looking components in various colours and textures.
Last but not least, the very inspiring work of artist Eva Berendes: her geometric folding screens made of perforated metal sheets are art pieces to be displayed in gallery spaces, and she has been bringing the concept even further with floor-to-ceiling installations of colourful abstract interlaced geometries that could stand in a playground as much as a loft-style living room.
For more inspiration on the 1970s influence on interiors and design, Homebuildlife subscribers can refer to our recent trend tracker, which explores how this style is experiencing a most glamorous comeback.
– Gemma Riberti
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