SCREEN SIREN

The room divider is mak­ing a ma­jor come­back — and Gucci, as ever, is lead­ing the trend, with screens that de­liver a lot more than pri­vacy.

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The room divider is mak­ing a come­back

The chief func­tion of the fold­ing panel screen was once en­tirely prac­ti­cal. Dat­ing back some 2400 years to an­cient China, gain­ing trac­tion in Ja­pan and em­braced in Europe through­out the cen­turies that fol­lowed, they were highly or­nate ob­jects em­ployed to di­vide rooms, cre­ate dis­creet dress­ing ar­eas, and pro­vide struc­ture to any large, open space. (Coco Chanel was a huge fan.)

Fast for­ward to 2018, and Gucci Dé­cor has reignited a pas­sion for room di­viders that’s lain dor­mant for decades. With colour­ful, play­ful jacquard prints in­spired by the ready-to-wear col­lec­tion — think pineap­ples, oc­tu­pus and jel­ly­fish, trop­i­cal flow­ers and bees — Gucci’s panel screens are like por­ta­ble art­works that dou­ble as ac­cent pieces. You can use them to change the mood, break up a room, or lend pri­vacy as and when it’s needed. Dy­ing to update your space but not ready to com­mit to wall­pa­per? Con­sider the room divider lux­u­ri­ous ex­per­i­ment. The sheer beauty of these dec­o­ra­tive screens is that with a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion and a lot of at­ti­tude, you can make them any­thing you want them to be.

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