Friday, May 28, 2010

The versatile screen

Screens can be used in so many ways. They can be art on a wall. They might be a headboard. They can hide an ugly something in a room. They can divide a large space into distinct zones.
Homes and Gardens, UK

This Japanese inspired screen adds color and interest to this living room, and fill an otherwise empty corner with a piece of art!
Traditional Hone - Designer: Eva Quateman

This Chinese screen was separated in to four sections and is a terrific way to have art fill the wall behind this sofa.
Veranda - Designer: Vincente Wolf

In Vincente Wolf's New York apartment he used this 19th century teak screen as a way to divide the room to form this 'office'.

 New York Spaces - Siskin Valls Interior Design

This leather and silk screen hides a home theater in this New York apartment.

These two examples from the recent New Orleans auction would each be very interesting additions to a room decor. The screen on the left is 20th century Chinese. It's black lacquer with animals and objects carved from different hard stones. It sold for $1,722. 
On the right are a pair of art deco style grill doors. They sold for $922.50. It's easy enough to have a metal worker hinge them together to make a screen, and what a great way to add interest without obstructing the view in front of a large window. We bought four grills similar to this and plan to do just that (cost $250).
This example from the recent Stair Galleries Exposition auction is Chinese painted four panel screen made from paper. Probably more delicate than many, but it would make a wonderful wall decoration or put in a corner that doesn't get much use. I think the coloring is very chic!

Finally, these Chinese Jumu wood doors that were offered at New Orleans Auctions (unsold) would be a good option for recreating the look in Vincente Wolf's apartment. I could easily see a desk sitting in front of these panels separating your office from the living room behind.

Let your imagination wander on how to use a screen in your home decor scheme. Break it apart, put it on the wall, or let is sit in the corner as a lovely (and big) work of art. Have fun with it!

Do you have an example of how you use a screen in your home? Send it in and I'll publish it. 

1 comment:

  1. I can't see from the photo but if the carvings are original, those Jumu Chinese wooden screens would be a great deal - I can't image why they would be unsold. Not only are they really hard to find now in China (the old ones are either very expensive or already gone) but the workmanship in the carvings themselves is stunning. As you said, they make perfect room dividers. Especially with the open top section. It divides a room up without closing it off or feeling stuffy.


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