Space Solution: Vintage Modern 3 Way Room Divider

Space Solution: Vintage Modern 3 Way Room Divider

Janel Laban
Jun 14, 2010

This weekend, I was a guest on an amazing architectural tour of a midwest mecca of modernist architecture: Columbus, Indiana. As part of the tour, several residents opened up their homes for us. I snapped photos of a super smart open plan space solution that is original to this mid-c home designed by A. Dean Taylor.

The front door of the home opens up into a large, floor to ceiling filled space which needed to function as an entryway, living room and dining room. The architects solution? A freestanding "L"-shaped element which divides the space while still allowing light and air flow AND providing lots of storage.

Photos 1-3: The longest stretch of the "L" faces the living room and has a built in "table" surface, great looking shelving, cabinets and even the perfect spot to hang a flatscreen tv (Mr. Taylor clearly was thinking very far ahead!). The flooring on this side is wall to wall carpeting.

Photos 4-6: The short leg of the "L" contains a folding door closet which faces the front door, creating an entry way and adding storage space for coats, bags etc. The flooring here is a small tile.

Photo 7: The side of the "L" that contains the right angle contains and creates the dining area. Perfectly sized for a dining set and bar cart, the walls on this side of the divider are papered with a darker, textured wallcovering, making the space feel a touch more dramatic and quite different from the rest of the room. The flooring here is a larger format floor tile, which continues into the kitchen area, around the corner.

Photos 8,9: The divider is wired for electricity and contains outlets, making it easy to add the tv and/or a music system and lighting. Such a simple smart way to create zones while ensuring that the room continues to feel and function as a single, large, light-filled space!

Photo 10: We had the pleasure of meeting the architect, A. Dean Taylor, who originally designed the space for his own family. He now lives next door and came over to say hello!


(Images: Janel Laban)

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