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ShimmerScreen, LAX Air Garden

The effect is striking. Spanning the impressive open expanse of the Air Garden at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a colourful art installation draws the eye up the seven-storey atrium. Dreamed up by designers Ball-Nogues Studio, the whimsical public installation is a highlight of the busy terminal, with a flowing body of curtain that unfurls in a playful and kinetic swirl.

Supplied by New York-based ShimmerScreen, the installation defines its space with a light but declarative touch. “The reflective qualities of the bead chain, that form the catenaries, create a sense of vastness through the play of light in space.  Each one is a miniature convex mirror, capturing light from all corners of the space as well as from the adjacent balls,” the designers explain.

LAX Air Garden

On the other end of the spectrum, the effect can be subtle. At the reception area for a major Cisco office, the ball chain curtain frames the contours of the space with a light, translucent presence. The installation creates a permeable and breathable sense of separation between two spaces.

Seamlessly fitting into the design language of its surroundings, ShimmerScreen’s ball chain curtain is a functional aesthetic highlight that helps set the ambiance while quietly delineating discrete spaces. All the while, the place retains a sense of openness.

ShimmerScreen, Cisco Office
Cisco Office

For ShimmerScreen, the two very different projects epitomize the ball chain technology’s impressive versatility. An offering of the world’s largest manufacturer of ball chain and related accessories – Ball Chain Manufacturing – ShimmerScreen provides designers and artists with a wealth of styles, textures and colours to draw from. It shows.

From small residential installations to a variety of commercial, institutional and hospitality settings – as well as public art pieces – ShimmerScreen’s stylistically adaptable products set the tone in a wide range of spaces.

Look closely, and you can find ShimmerScreen in Michael Kors store displays across the United States. Creating a sleek backdrop that frames the products on display, 3/16″ nickel-plated steel curtains quietly reinforce a design-forward identity for the multinational fashion brand.

ShimmerScreen, Michael Kors retail display

Whether as an artistic focal point, an architectural highlight, or a simple but elegant curtain, the ball chain system can easily be integrated into a wealth of contexts. In spaces where visibility and openness is at a premium, ShimmerScreen offers a solution for dividing space without introducing barriers or obstructions.

In operation since 1938, the company has gradually built an extensive portfolio of projects around the world. Starting from humble roots in a family garage, ShimmerScreen’s parent company Ball Chain Mfg. Co has consolidated a global presence, while still maintaining its manufacturing in the United States.

Rico-Estudio Tapas in Jedah, Saudi Arabia.

Available in a variety of sizes – ranging from 4.5 mm to 16 mm – ShimmerScreen comes in a wealth of styles, textures and colours. Indeed, the diversity of the company’s portfolio attests to the flexibility and versatility of the product. Not bad for a ball and chain.

This content was published by Azure on behalf of ShimmerScreen.

Shimmerscreen’s Flexible Design Language Makes Ball Chain Curtains a Versatile Standout

From public art to workspaces, retailers, restaurants and private homes, ShimmerScreen offers a design solution that preserves openness.

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