One of the most common trends popping up on countless floor plans these days is the presence of a large, open space that serves as an apartment’s versatile living/dining area. Most buyers love walking into a tremendous room that spans hundreds of square feet of gorgeous hardwood floors with massive amounts of light shining inside through floor-to-ceiling windows. But once the contract has been signed and keys have been exchanged, figuring out how to tastefully fill that space can sometimes be a bit daunting.
When 6sqft.com published this story on design firm Axis Mundi’s outstanding interior decorating work in a Greenwich Village luxury home, we took particular notice of the bronze and mirrored glass screen that break up the entry way and the lounge. The sculpture was entirely built from materials salvaged from Gio Ponti’s Alitalia Fifth Avenue showroom by Urban Archeology, and it does an artful job of splitting this space into two rooms without making it feel any smaller.
We know that New York homeowners like to make use of every last square foot. For inspiration, here are three other examples—from the practical and easy to far-reaching and ambitious—of fun ways people have found to break up a space.
1. Fireplace/TV Combo Partition
This homeowner instantly turned an empty section of their home into a warm and cozy entertainment room with a gas fireplace and flatscreen TV combination wall partition. It’s a wonderful transformation of what was once a single room into two, but without the constricting feelings brought on by a complete new wall. Ortal Heat has a bevy of photos depicting more intriguing and tasteful fireplace options here.
2. Bare-Wood Modular Partition
German-based company Edelweiss Industrial Design has produced “Cell,” a modular partition system with variable transparency. Made from simple plywood and plastic fasteners, an interior decorator can customize a pattern perfect for any space. Available in beige or white, the dividers can be bunched close together for privacy, or stretched far apart, creating an intimate transparency between newly formed rooms. Give the product a look—and maybe put in an order—here.
3. Pixelated Wall of Lego Bricks
Okay, this one might not be coming to a NYC apartment any time soon, but you have to take a look nonetheless. Another German-based creative team, NPire, built a room divider in their office out of some 55,000 Lego bricks. The wall has an arched doorway and a star-shaped window that’s a replica of the company’s logo. The project cost about $2,800, and though this wasn’t actually built inside a home, a similar design could also be a great entryway into a kids’ playroom, or just a fun, eye-popping conversation starter for grownups.