In collaboration with Stockholm-based furniture designer Hem, Canadian-born Philippe Malouin has created a series of playful room dividers entitled ‘Study for Screens’, on show at the 2017 edition of NYCxDesign.
The unusual screens, photographed here alongside selected pieces of Hem’s contemporary furniture, offer an experimental take on the division of a shared working space. They appear in the neoclassical ballroom of WeWork’s Bryant Park coworking site, transforming the space into a showroom of practical installations. Through Malouin’s use of surprising materials and unconventional shapes, the screens provide assistance to a space that extends far beyond their functionality. He describes the project as a series of “three-dimensional sketches on what it means to separate spaces,” reiterating the value he places on working in an environment that both mirrors and enhances creative inspiration.