Dezeen promotion: metal chain-link manufacturer Kriskadecor aims to help shared places like offices and hotels adjust to the "new normal" after coronavirus with space dividers made from aluminium links.
Kriskadecor offers a wide range of metal mesh products made from anodised aluminium chain-links, including space dividers, wall coverings, ceilings, facades and lighting elements.
Created for shared buildings like offices, restaurants, bars and hotels, each of the designs can be personalised to the space for which they are made using a variety of colours and prints.
This is thanks to a specialised, patented machinery that is able to reproduce any picture, pattern or corporative design – in which every link acts as a pixel – onto the collection of chain-links.
As Kriskadecor explains, its space dividers are more relevant than ever in encouraging people to maintain a safe distance in keeping with social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Due to their material, they are also easy to clean and disinfect.
"Since safety distance is the only prevention measure that we have against the virus, the future of shared space design involves creating solutions that ensure that we are physically separated, but socially connected," said the company.
Thanks to the translucency of the chain-links, Kriskadecor believes its metal partitions can offer businesses a way to "separate without dividing" by creating spacious and light sub-spaces that feel private without making the user feel "left out".
"This is the case of the IPG Mediabrands offices in Amsterdam," explained the brand. "This original design delimits a common area with a semi-transparent material that works as an impassable psychological barrier."
"As a result, employees have a haven where they can relax and bond," it continued. "The distinctive touch is given by the decorative perimeter frame that is placed when casting a chain and that functions as an access door."
Other examples of Kriskadecor's metal curtains being used in public spaces, including in a VIP airport lounge in Spain and a restaurant in Russia, demonstrate that "safety is not at odds with design".
"The designers of the Pau Casals VIP Lounge at Barcelona Airport anticipated the events and included several framed solutions that manage the flow of people and organise access without breaking the visual field," said the company.
"These types of frames, in a classic style, are intended to complete open spaces without isolating them as other types of architectural barriers would."
"Another example would be Mandarin. Ducks & Noodles – a restaurant in Moscow, Russia. In this case, the curved design solution has two functions: to act as a decorative support with a Chinese image reproduction, and to favour the maintenance of the physical distance between diners."
The chain-link creations, which are available in two sizes, also come in 24 different colours and finishes, from coffee, sand and gold to emerald, pink and turquoise.
For more information on Kriskadecor's metal mesh design solutions, visit the company's website.