Look closely at these bookcases and note that they’re built on industrial disc casters, designed to be beautiful and practical office/room dividers. They’re literally colorful, moveable walls. Hanson Hsu of Delta H Design Inc. designed them with both form and function in mind. The shorter, higher shelves hold smaller books, which are lighter. The middle three shelves hold standard-sized binders and/or medium-sized books, while the very tall lower shelves are for large-format art, architecture and photography books, which can be heavy and cumbersome, therefore easier to handle down low. These bookshelves are constructed of walnut and have a frosted Plexiglas backing so the books don’t fall through.
A pair of columns flank this island, which serves as a room divider in this oceanfront beach house. Despite dividing up rooms, the island has a low profile that maintains the flow of the home's open floor plan.
Billowy linen curtains serve as a room divider in this elegant master bedroom. Tufted ottomans tuck into the foot of the dove gray bed, while a neutral rug adds a layer of cushion to the dark hardwood floors.
"Without this divider, the front door would open directly into the living area and you'd see the home's lake view as soon as you entered. I created this diamond peek-a-boo wall to give visitors a glimpse of the water without giving everything away, " says Kimberley Selden, designer and owner of Kimberly Selden Designs, Toronto, Canada.
An antique Chinese silk screen lit from behind with a hidden fluorescent fixture separates this tranquil Asian-style bathroom from the adjacent bedroom. Three sleek pendant lights provide task lighting above the long, floating wood vanity with vessel sinks.
For a large space, a room divider can cleverly and stylishly break up the space. This metal and glass one features a mix of textured glass bricks and open spaces, becoming a work of art in its own right.
You're greeted by this steel rod screen as soon as you walk in the door of this midcentury modern house. Softer than a solid wall, the rods allow light to carry through beyond the foyer. The screen's box shelf holds keys and mail, while the two detached ottomans provide a place to take off your shoes. Design by Matthew Hufft, creative director, Hufft Projects, Kansas City, Missouri.