Room Dividers Conquer Space
Like when you have a loft with oodles of square footage and you need to make the place cozier and more like a "normal" apartment with defined areas.
Or when you have a "normal" apartment with a space that just isn't working anymore -- because the baby has arrived, your office is now in a corner of the bedroom, or your brother is visiting again from out of town.
One solution is to just build a wall (but do get the landlord's permission first and consult an architect so the ceiling doesn't fall down). Or you can align a few tall IKEA bookcases to block the view. Or go Japanese with a Shoji screen, a time-honored way to make you believe your studio is bigger than it really is.
Luckily for us, designers have been thinking about walls and how to make them not look anything like walls. We're talking about modular partitions and wavy forms made of recyclable materials, and dividers that are cheap and green -- all good alternatives to the permanence of drywall and particleboard, and great options with which to reimagine your space.