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In Japanese, the word shibumi encapsulates a kind of modest expression best translated as “discreet beauty.” It’s this term, and the aesthetic philosophy it relays, that Turin-based design trio Testatonda (Valter Cagna, Nicolò Corigliano and Matteo Minello) borrows from and reimagines in its gestural Feng screen for Austrian manufacturer Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.

Consisting of two or three sail-like partitions suspended by delicate 1.9-metre-tall lacquered beechwood poles, the divider is a subtle, simple and graphic addition to any room. Each fabric panel (available in a select range of colourways) is pulled taut between the frames; a metal ridge across its centre helps create a dramatic tonal shift as light hits.

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Testatonda’s New Feng Screen Riffs on Japanese Aesthetics

The Turin-based trio craft an adaptable — and sartorial — divider for Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.

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