This Venetian blind room divider created by interior designer Jose Juan Belda in the 70’s got us thinking about how useful window shades can be as mutable room dividers. When we were planning the renovation of the Laboratory, we considered using sleek, flat solar shades afixed to the ceiling to make dividers we could open or close at will to define the office area. Recently we found an example of just such a use in the clever renovation of a small space in Stockholm:

Shades pull down to enclose and define the space in various ways: just the loft bed, or the entire loft bed, storage, kitchen space, to make one sleek wall.

Window Shade Room Divider Karin Matz

Clever, minimalist, efficient and way less expensive than our sliding wall (which we love).

Top photo via Aqqindex; bottom via Paper Ideas and Life Edited

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