Screen Savers

Screens can be solid or mesh, wood, fabric, metal, or glass. They are a versatile design option that can be used to divide rooms, as a visually-appealing safety device, as art, or as a focal point; many allow in light while still offering privacy. These recent Remodeling Design Award winners show off their screen cred.  

Ray Residence: 2014 RDA Winner

The custom wooden screen of narrow slats by the staircase in this Arlington, Va.-project designed by architect Todd Ray of Studio Twenty Seven Architecture is made from the wood of a dying silver maple tree in the home’s front yard. 

Ray Residence: 2014 RDA Winner

The upper level of the staircase is also a kind of screen. Inspired by an image of the silver maple tree that was cut down. Architect Todd Ray distorted the leaves’ image, making it so pixelated that a clear pattern of squares emerged, which could then be cut out.  

Fitty Wun: 2015 RDA Winner

The metal screen on this staircase in a San Francisco project by Feldman Architecture keeps the stairwell light and airy and offers a visual sense of safety.  

Mi Casita: 2015 RDA Winner

A Washington, D.C., row house designed by KUBE Architecture benefits from a wood mampara screen in whitewashed poplar framed with blackened steel. 

Mi Casita: 2015 RDA Winner

This homeowner wanted elements reminiscent of her native Puerto Rico. “Mampara” is a structure that divides spaces. 

Skyhaus: 2015 RDA Winner

This San Francisco remodel by Aidlin Darling Design included a multistoried interior garden atrium topped by a skylight. A two-story sculpted wood wall filters and carves light as it moves during the day. 

Far Pond: 2014 RDA Winner

Perforated blackened steel risers offer a light, airy and sculptural look to the staircase in this award-winning project in Southampton, N.Y., by Bates Masi Architects.

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