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Divide and Conquer

Aesthetically pleasing alternatives to the standard white wall.

The Pop Art Solution
Mio’s Nomad System, a collection of X-shaped cardboard modules, smack of a New Museum sculpture. The chain-link-style partitions can be assembled to create doorways and corners, as well as open and closed configurations.
$56 per box; a seven-by-eight-foot wall requires four boxes. (

The Japanese Answer
Because Raydoor’s shoji-style sliding doors use acrylic inserts instead of heavy glass panels, its tracks need only be built into the ceiling—no floor-drilling required. The semi-soundproof inserts range from translucent to opaque. Putting it together will require a pro—Raydoor can recommend local contractors.
Each panel is $1,500. (

The Wintry Option
RazortoothDesign’s lacy, synthetic rubber Modulari screens take less than an hour to install—just hang them with screws and anchors from the wall or ceiling. While they don’t muffle noise or offer much privacy, you’ll feel like you’re living in a snowstorm—in a good way.
A twelve-panel set is $45; order nine sets for an eight-by-eleven-foot wall. (


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