Perfect Room Screen: Bamboo Wave or Plywood Eames?

Over the years, one of the very best purchases I have made were two bamboo Wave Room Screens, made of thin bamboo slats that unfurl to create an organic wave shape. I have had mine at least 15 years in two spaces and they have proven to be endlessly useful. They are a relatively inexpensive, stylish, bamboo alternative to the beautiful, classic Eames plywood screen ($2300) I could not afford. For my purposes, the wave screens are better:  They are a valuable few inches taller and a foot longer than the Eames AND they lend much needed curves in my very angular space. At about $300 each, two 6-foot screens cost a quarter of a single Eames screen, and yield 12 feet of camouflage or partition. Here are SOME of the ways I’ve used them:

In my old apartment, I put two wave screens end-to-end to hide file cabinets and office equipment in a room that doubled as a photo studio AND bedroom (check out the Murphy Bed on the other wall)…

Ellen Silverman

Ellen Silverman

…as well as the TV, which I don’t like looking at unless I am watching it.

Ellen Silverman

Ellen Silverman

The screen quieted the multi-purpose room of clutter immediately.

Ellen Silverman

Ellen Silverman

When I moved into my Harlem space, one screen effectively hid a pile of projects in the yet unfinished bedroom.

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

And for months they hid the ugly unfinished bookshelf wall in the living room that was stacked with wood, sheet rock, concrete and other materials for pending projects.

Now that the new Murphy berth wall bed is finished in the living room, the two neatly rolled up screens are ready to unfurl around the open bed to afford a guest privacy.

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

Bamboo Wave Screens are available in white, honey, natural and dark mocha (mine are natural), so can work in myriad kinds of decor.

As does the beautiful, classic Eames


4 Responses to Perfect Room Screen: Bamboo Wave or Plywood Eames?

  1. sharin 06.13.2015 at 8:08am #

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  3. Lyna Colombo 08.03.2015 at 9:47am #

    Hi, Sally,
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  4. Sally 08.04.2015 at 4:45pm #

    Hi Lyna, REALLY long time…DECADES!!! So nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for subscribing and being part of this very interesting 6-degrees-of-separation community.

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