HBL Analysis: Room dividers

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Clouds by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat

As children stay at home longer and more people work from home, peace and privacy can be in short supply. So it is little wonder that room dividers are enjoying a sharp rise in popularity. Sales increased by 36% over the last year, according to a survey by Spaceslide, and it looks like they might grow further.

FDS Research predicts the number of homes housing grandparents, parents and children will rise a further 11% over the next decade. Communal space will need to serve the needs of many and with entertainment and media dominating many communal areas, it is likely that spaces for quiet and solitude will become increasingly rare.

Drop series by Olivia Decaris

However, according to Dutch trend forecaster Li Edelkoort: "We won’t go back to dividing the house into rooms - we’ll still have big open spaces, but with room dividers, textiles and secret parts." The space will be shared, but will be flexible enough to provide everyone with a corner - should they want it.

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Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec
Olivia Decaris