In order to separate break-out and privacy areas from the main work floor, or even in order to subdivide these areas, some might prefer to use room-dividing systems and then furnish these areas to their liking without necessarily resorting to specialist privacy furniture.
Luckily, there is plenty to choose from. Standalone screens, one of the categories of room-dividing systems, are represented here by the iconic, sinuous, pinewood ‘Screen 100’, designed by Finnish modernist architect Alvar Aalto in 1936 and manufactured by Artek, or Vitra-produced ‘Plywood screen’, designed by the celebrated designer couple, Charles and Ray Eames in 1946.
Naturally, there are newer room-dividing systems in this category, such as Anya Sebton’s ‘Loop Floor Screen’ for Abstracta, a richly textured design woven from thick strands of fabric, or Sas Adriaenssens’s folding ‘BuzziScreen’ for Buzzi Space, whose textile clad surface also functions as a notice board.
‘Sticks’ designed by Hsu-Li Teo and Stefan Kaiser for extremis, is a modular room-dividing system, where translucent rods mounted on a straight or curving base produce a shimmering, translucent divide. Faruk Malhan’s ‘Partita Office’ for Koleksiyon is a more symbolic gesture. This room-dividing system consists of a low sideboard with affixed, upholstered seats.
EFG’s ‘EFG Screen wall system’ of room dividers allows the users to slide down its top half like a window, giving them more control of their privacy and spatial relations, while ‘Bosse Human Space Cube’, by Bosse Designs, is a small, fully ventilated and fully wired room that can be positioned set in a large, open-plan office to create a small, quiet meeting space.
Lastly, Robert Bronwasser’s ‘Bricks’ collection for Palau is composed of screens, side tables and sofas with high backs, which can be combined to meet the desired needs, while Jack Godfrey Wood’s and Tom Ballhatchet’s ‘Build’, a room-dividing system produced by MOVISI, consists of individual, cell-shaped compartments that are stacked on top of one another, creating not only a soft, spatial separation, but providing storage space within as well.