Screen Test: Decorative Dividers That Dazzle

Architectural Digest recently took over the New York Design Center for “AD Loves,” a celebration of favorite finds from the 16-story, 500,000-square-foot to-the-trade design mecca. We sent writer Nancy Lazarus to scout the showrooms for some standout pieces.

Philip Nimmo’s Mattonella Fire Screen, available through Profiles at the New York Design Center.

Decorative screens provide high visual appeal and a measure of privacy in an era when the verb ‘screen’ is more commonly associated with preventing unwanted phone calls, emails, online, and TV ads. Whether one, two, or three panels, screens serve those living in tight spaces and others with open lofts to partition—and fireplaces aren’t required. At a recent event showcasing Architectural Digest’s favorite finds from the New York Design Center, we spotted a few notable screens perched in the showrooms.

Mattonella Fire Screen (Profiles showroom)
Philip Nimmo designed this single-panel fire screen that stands three feet high. Made of wrought iron with an array of optional finishes, it features a pomegranate-shaped design with tempered glass globs that resemble large seeds.

Philip Nimmo’s Goccia Fire Screen, available through Profiles at the New York Design Center.

Goccia Fire Screen (Profiles)
This double-panel fire screen is another Nimmo creation. The abstract design is highlighted with glass rondels in the shapes and colors of citrus fruits.

Paris Snowflake Screen (Baker Knapp & Tubbs)
While one typically thinks of Paris in the springtime, designer Tony Duquette took a counter-seasonal perspective. His circa-1951 design, part of Baker’s Tony Duquette Collection, modernizes 18th century Chinese snowflake patterns. The tri-part screen is over six feet tall, with cast aluminum framing individually hinged panels. Each is finished in 14-karat gold leaf (pictured) or silver leaf, and the snowflakes are tipped in coral. So while the snow theme may suggest winter, the palette is year-round. With temperatures now soaring, even frosty images like these bring welcome relief.

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