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Window Coverings

Considered Curtain Rod

Remember the Intersect Valet posted a couple of weeks ago? John Dixon, of DIXON Branded, has a few other items in his shop, one of which is this Considered Curtain Rod. The final length of the rod is determined and cut by you, the end user, to specifically fit your windows. There’s just enough of a DIY-feel to make you look incredibly handy, but do be sure to have a saw on hand before you go bragging to your friends.

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: DIXON Branded

Window Wall Hanging

Think of all the windows in your home, then think of the one with the worst view. Change that view for one with trees, light, and plants in the window, for the bargain price of $120. How’s that possible? Well, buy this Window Wall Hanging by Michigan-based photographer Debbie Carlos, and you’ll have a nice scene instead of whichever one gives you a headache. Here’s the deal, though, don’t go hanging it everywhere, because that will spoil the effect. Pick just one window and keep it special.

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: CB2

Ready Made Curtain

At last! We can stop our search for the perfect window coverings, for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have come to the rescue with the Ready Made Curtain kit, and it’s finally available to purchase. A curtain and its complete hanging system are included, and with a few assembly steps, you’ll have one heck of a modern curtain that you can brag about. Oh, but wait, there’s the issue of the price; you’d assume that a kit that requires a little elbow grease from someone such as yourself might be budget-friendly, maybe around the $200 or even $300 mark, as I did when I called the retailer. Prepare yourself, and expect to pay around $470 per kit/window… or keep searching, as I will.

Purchase Information:

Price: $470.00
Available from: Ligne Roset

Twilight Bracket

Okay, bear with me here, I know this just looks like a regular curtain rod/bracket, but it has something the sets it apart, and if you’ve ever been annoyed by light creeping in around your curtains- at night or in the morning- you’ll understand why this particular one is special. The Twilight bracket wraps around so that your curtains can lay flat against the wall. Such a small detail, but it certainly makes a big difference to those of us persnickety about dark rooms. So, no more little slivers of moonlight/sunlight that tend to find your face while you’re trying to catch some much needed sleep.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Umbra

Woodnotes Flake Curtain

I don’t know if you feel the same way, but I’ve always struggled a tiny bit with deciding on window coverings. Finding something that provided privacy without being too formal or too frilly, or frankly, too I-just-bought-this-from-IKEA, is always a long drawn out search, with the result often being I end up making something myself. I should add that this DIY window covering is hastily made and almost always unfinished. The solution might just be getting this textured tyvek curtain. It looks soft, modern and entirely interesting.

Purchase Information:

Price: $235.00
Availability: Buy Woodnotes Flake Curtain here

Blackout Welding Curtain

Whoa, check out this blackout welding curtain that Rebecca Rudolph (pictured) bought to block UV rays and cool down her living room. It’s available in several different colors and sizes from the building supplies company McMaster-Carr. Size shown above runs about $100 (she cut the bottom to fit).

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.63 and up
Available from: McMaster-Carr

Source: LA Times

Spring Flower Curtain

Whoa, check out how versatile these little panels are…you can make a screen, build your own light, vase or whatever else you can think of. Love it.

“A Spring Flower” are sheet panels that can be assembled into various combination and shape based on your own creativity. It can be used to form a curtain, screen, wall hangers, or as table/furniture covers, matts, and even interior objects. Decorate your interior with these elegant and innovative flower petals.

W5.7″ x L5.1″ per piece
One set comes in 100 pieces and is about 3.25′ x 3.25′ when assembled as a square.

$30.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Spring Flower Curtain here

Better Views by Elina Aalto

I remember seeing these window shades a while back and now that they’re available for purchase I have to say I still think they’re pretty clever.

Paris. Stockholm. Helsinki. Tokyo. By night. Sun set or dark night. Sun light or street light. The city traces itself onto your windows. A subtle illusion.

Paris 120 x 200 cm / Tokyo 140 x 200 cm / Helsinki 160 x 200 cm / Stockholm 180 x 200 cm. Also available in custom made size.
Artist: Elina Aalto

€ 345.00, Buy it here.

Fisheye Window Sticker

Maybe this won’t necessarily make your life better, but it certainly couldn’t hurt to get a new perspective of your view, right?

“This self-adhering sticker can be placed on a window to create a fisheye view of your neighborhood, skyline, or yard. Made of silicon rubber.”

Size: 11.5h x 10″diam.

$18.00, $16.20 Members,
Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Availability: Buy Fisheye Window Sticker here

Parametre by 3form Textile System

The intricate pattern of this textile system would be perfect for filtering sunlight or defining spaces within a large room.

“100% Polyester 3D textile horizontal/vertical systems for residential/commercial applications. UV treated for interior and exterior use. Using industrial strength magnets, supported by anchors, these systems are easy to install.”

Available in 2 x 8, 4 x 8, or 6 x 8 sizes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Availability: Buy Parametre by 3form Textile System here

Breeze Blocks

These would be perfect for filtering out an unsightly view while still letting light in, or, of course, for privacy.
15 frosted-glass self adhesive blocks. [posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.40
Availability: Buy Breeze Blocks here

Ivy Panels by Tord Boontje’s

“Tord Boontje’s distinctive vision is now available in modular panels that link together to form wall hangings, room dividers or screening curtains; their uses limited only by your imagination. Each panel is 7″ x 11″, and they come six to a box, so each box assembles into a total area of 7″ x 66″ or 42″ x 11″ . These dreamy floral gardens are cut into plated steel and then coated in brass or silver.”

* Packaging: Gift box
* Size: Each panel is 7″ x 11″ , 6 panels to a box.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Availability: Buy Ivy Panels by Tord Boontje’s here

ivy panels by tord boontje for artecnica

Whether or not you know of Tord Boontje by now or not, you’re sure to appreciate this new design. Keep in mind it’s on the smaller size (but it would most likely have a big impact).

“the intoxicating chaos of tord boontje verdant gardens tumble across the panels of ivy, the dreamy flora cut in plated steel to transform walls, windows and space. you can hook together up to six panels easily for modular configuration. you can build curtains, decorative panels and dividers.”

choose from polished brass plated steel or satin silver plated steel.

now taking advanced orders.

dimensions: 7″w x 11″h.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Availability: Buy ivy panels by tord boontje for artecnica here

Anywhere Telescoping Drapery System

This is certainly an affordable solution to dividing a room or “treating” a window. It’s especially nice that no drilling is required, and since it appears to be easily moveable, you could put it where you please whenever you want.

“The Anywhere Telescoping System is a highly functional design masterpiece. Telescoping floor-to-ceiling, pressure-fit window treatment/room divider system with a swing-arm rod. Height adjusts along 3/4″ center support pole. Foam pads and screw option holds system securely in place. The swing arm adjusts along the vertical pole and also adjusts horizontally as well. Plated finish in satin nickel. Panel not included.”

Materials: steel rod adjustable pole with swing-arm

Height adjusts 70 – 120″
Swing arm adjusts 20 – 36″

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Availability: Buy Anywhere Telescoping Drapery System here

City Fantasy Shade

These would provide a nice alternate view for those of you that might not have a desirable one.

Fantasy Shades: Fine art serigraph: white ink on white material creates a shadow from another city in your room. Pull down the shade and create an alternate reality! … 1. Umbrella Trees Create the illusion of a view of Rome from a rooftop apartment. The trees are just outside your window. 2. I left my heart in San Francisco The Golden Gate Bridge is just beyond reach. The shadow of the bridge is visible when you pull down the shade.”

Designed by Melissa Borrell

36″ x 72″

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Availability: Buy City Fantasy Shade here