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