A screen is a rather ancient invention, most of us undeservedly forgotten. This is perhaps the most unusual piece of furniture exotics brought to Europe. You will not dare to call it furniture, but rather a movable wall or a folding screen. The history of the screen begins in China. It was in China in the 7th century that screens appeared, and already in the 8th century they moved to Japan.
Screens came to Europe in the 17th century, along with fashion for everything Chinese. In the duality of its function – hiding something behind the wings, at least partially revealing it – Europeans immediately saw not only decorative effects, but also opportunities for very elegant spatial games. Particularly popular screens found in the XIX-XX centuries. The layout of the apartments of that time required dividing the living space into zones, and the screens easily coped with this task, covering with themselves what should not be seen by outsiders. Continue reading
Often we encounter a problem that we have had since the distant Soviet times – this is the lack of free space in the apartment. It is due to the fact that in the USSR they were of the opinion that the apartment should be, first of all, affordable, and only then convenient and comfortable for living. This is where the layouts of apartments, which are far from rational, in which the rooms have a small footage, originate, the kitchen in its dimensions is more like a spacious hinged wardrobe, and you still doubt the presence of the hallway.
In fairness, it is worth noting that even now developers and architects rarely deviate from such familiar and dear to the standards standards, building skyscrapers with “comas”, in the corridors of which it is difficult to miss the whole family. Therefore, an incredibly easy and convenient solution to the problem was found that would compensate for the lack of storage space for furniture that absorbs all uncomfortable corners. So there was an increased demand for corner cabinets. Continue reading