Unlike sliding wall systems, which are guided by a system of rails, movable walls are large, free-standing space dividers that act as a boundary between two areas of the work-floor. In addition, they can be moved around freely and do not require any construction.
A good example is Carlos Tíscar’s ‘LINKED Configuration’, manufactured by Girsberger. In this design, a series of upholstered movable wall elements and accessories, such as coat racks or side tables, are linked in a chain to produce a functional, space-dividing, movable wall of necessary length.
Another movable wall which improves acoustics is ‘Falce’, designed by Chiaki Murata for Morita Aluminum, where rounded, as well as flat segments are draped in coloured fabric, in order to create the desired, organically shaped internal divider. Same principle is applied by Robert Bronwasser in his Palau-produced ‘Bricks Wall’, which is a part of a comprehensive collection that includes cubicles, side tables and sofas.
Hans von Hirsch’s and John Zoffmann’s ‘Spaghetti Wall’ for HOWE is a more minimal movable wall, essentially a low frame holding a row of tall, fibreglass rods, creating a shimmering, partially translucent barrier. Iiro Viljanen’s and Pekka Toivola’s ‘Face Screen’ and ‘Spot Screen’, both for Martela Oyj, are a pair of lower movable walls that are just tall enough to separate two workstations. The former is covered in fabric, while the latter is made of translucent acrylic sheets with optional graphic prints.
Finally, Note-designed ‘Mezzo’ movable wall, produced by ZilenZio, is a large, rectangular panel mounted on a steel, castor base. One of its sides acts as sound absorbing notice board, while the other acts as a magnetic whiteboard. Additionally, this movable wall can also be used as a projection screen.