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Brief Published: 21 May 2020

Elegant Dividers for ‘New Normal’ Socialising

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Matteo Cibic Studio

As communities around the world navigate the ‘new normal’ of social life, good design will be essential in creating pleasant spaces that adhere to social distancing measures. The latest project from Matteo Cibic Studio explores how the pandemic is launching fresh product categories, and presenting the opportunity to reimagine tomorrow’s public spaces.

The Italian design studio has created a range of seven aesthetically driven space dividers, made from transparent Perspex panels and aluminium legs or a stand. Three variations are small and designed to sit on a table or desk, while the remaining four are freestanding to act as room dividers.

The collection evokes the Art Deco era (when partitions were in vogue), with one room divider boasting a decorative fan shape, while another presents an intricate scalloped dot design. This allusion to historical trends lends these pieces a familiar, vintage quality that eases them into their environment.

The dividers are designed for use in restaurants, bars, hotels, hair salons and offices, to support the reopening of these spaces. In these germ-conscious and socially distanced times, dividers will become a mainstay feature in social settings. As designer Matteo Cibic describes: “I never expected that a divider could become the socialisation tool of tomorrow.”

While social distancing requires fast solutions, there is room for a considered approach – via products that marry health concerns with aesthetic sensibilities for spaces that are both safe and inviting.

For more on how retail spaces are responding to the need for social distancing and readying for the ‘new normal’, see Resetting Physical Retail.

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