design shopping challenge: 4 sophisticated room dividers from around the world

One important aspect of interior design is the ability to delineate spaces or create the impression of space where there is none.   And one of the oldest tricks of the trade is the use of screens. Today, I feature 4 stylish screens from around the world.

The marvelous screen above is made in Portugal by Silvana Curado and Sérgio Cabreira of Rêve d’Or.  These artists have found a way of producing modern screens and decorative panels using one of the oldest techniques in decorating – that of using gold, silver, and copper leaf.  They spend 20-30 hours leafing, varnishing and lacquering each component to perfection.  Smoking hot falls short of an adjective!
Swiss-born but Paris-based Thomas Boog produced this fantastical two-panel folding screen of shell-work that includes gray mother of pearl and abalone on a bronze frame.  Using the technique called coquillage, a process grounded in 17th and 18th century historical references, his museum quality piece is delightful yet très chic.
The above limited-edition room divider, the Stamp screen, debuted at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair.  Designed and made by British superstar designer Tom Dixon, this screen is the bomb for slightly more cutting edge contemporary spaces. A designer known for his modern take on lighting and furniture using metals, this aluminum and zinc furniture accent is perfect for a space where the light passing through plays an important role in the room’s mood and decor.
Perhaps a bit more conservative than the pieces above, yet stylish and ever so versatile, is this hand carved, silver-patinated, feather and mahogany folding screen from Singapore’s Christopher Guy.  What’s great about this screen is that you can easily imagine it in an exotic interior in Hong Kong or a ranch in Texas and having that versatility is frankly quite awesome.
image credits: (from top to bottom) Rêve d’Or, Portugal | Maison Gerard, New York who represent the artist. Photo: Robert Levin, NYC | Tom Dixon, London | Christopher Guy, Singapore
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Thank you for stopping by and reading my feature today.  I love what I do as an interior designer and art advisor, and it’s my hope that through these blog posts I’m enriching and heightening your aesthetic sensibility towards art, design and fabulous interiors in some way ~ Richard Rabel (a.k.a. the modern sybarite)