This fun-loving pop-up screen creates private spaces without the awkward silences!

Being introverted shouldn’t be synonymous with being boring. The Friendly Borders is a fun and engaging way to manipulate spaces, creating private zones. The Japanese-fan-inspired apparatus lets you instantly open out and create an almost-opaque screen made from Trevira fabric (a type of branded woven yarn) that’s anywhere from 1.5 to 2 feet in height, based on what size you pick.

The Friendly Borders instant screen comes in a neat Birchwood case, allowing you to open it up in a matter of seconds, and close it down into a tiny box slim enough to sit on your desk or in a book-shelf. Opening it instantly gives you a comfy private zone to boost your productivity, making the Friendly Borders great for offices, libraries, schools, or perhaps even in homes (especially when two youngsters share the same room!) It does so in a way that’s fun and non-confrontational, allowing you to get your private space while not appearing unsocial or rude. It’s probably the fact that the Friendly Borders opens out like a peacock, subconsciously directing your mind towards an animal that is the very opposite of unsocial and introverted! Clever, no?

The Friendly Borders comes in subtle colors like grey and mint to complement the aesthetic of the spaces it’s put in and also to prevent you from getting overwhelmed or distracted by the color. Its Trevira fabric allows it to stay clean, to last long while maintaining its stiffness, and also bestows an unusual property to it. Given the Trevira’s flame-retardant nature, the Friendly Borders could even be used in an emergency to quickly brush off a fire (although Njustudio’s website doesn’t mention it, but Trevira’s own website boldly touts its flame-retardant properties).

Designer: Njustudio