The Art and Craft of Room Screens
The range of uses is exceeded only by the design possibilities
Synopsis: Room screens are useful for sectioning off parts of large rooms, and are also a natural choice for screening bright windows or cluttered areas. The simple frame-and-panel format allows a room screen to be filled with striking veneers or solid wood, light-filtering handmade paper, works of art, or anything else that can be adhered to a flat substrate. Jonathan Binzen’s article showcases the work of several screen designers–Craig Vandall Stevens, Joe Tracy, and William Laberge–illustrating such techniques as using precision-cut dividers and gridwork, light construction for sliding screens, and using solid panels. He also details how to choose the correct hinges, whether single acting or double acting.
Room screens stand in a category of their own. They’re not quite furniture, since you don’t actively use them and rarely touch them; and they’re not quite millwork, since they’re freestanding and movable. Their closest cousin is the door,…