British Standard, known for its pared-back but beautifully-crafted readymade wooden cupboards, has introduced a range of simple steel screens, ideal for creating useful divisions of space without compromising the flow of movement and light.
The sister company to Plain English - one of the most highly-regarded kitchen companies in theworld - British Standard was set up in 2012 to recreate the brand’s traditional, utilitarian, crafted aesthetic in a more affordable way.
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Plain English first used timber screens in their Marylebone showroom when it opened, inspired by the timeless look of the kitchens and service rooms in the film Gosford Park.
Steel screens were later introduced to the showroom to give a more contemporary feel and were inspired by industrial steel screens and doors of the late 19th century.
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These were adopted by the Modern Movement and can often be seen in modernist buildings and factories of the early 20th century.
Demand for the screens from clients led to Plain English producing bespoke versions, and now British Standard are joining in with a range of more affordable, ready-made modular screens that come in a set range of sizes.
The screens, with their clean steel lines, are at once modern and classic, perfectly at home in either setting.
Beautiful as they are, the screens are not purely a decorative feature: with the rise of open-plan kitchen and living spaces, they cater to a growing need to divide larger rooms, creating separate areas for pantries, preparation areas, dining rooms and home offices while maintaining a sense of openness.
The upper sections of the screens are glazed, allowing light to make its way around the space. They are easy to use and install; and custom panels can be added if required. The screens are made in two standard heights, however, with advanced planning, awkward spaces can often be accommodated.
There is a choice of toughened glass (clear, reeded, cast, Georgian wired) and the doors come with a bronze door knob as standard.
Now available, £900.
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