Designing for the new workspace with panels and screens

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More than anything, personal space is needed, and – often – this means creating personal protective workspace solutions using privacy panels and screens for physical separation. To prevent airborne germs from transmitting between colleagues, protective ‘sneeze screens’, as they’re becoming commonly known, help keep employees safe, secure and healthy in their own protective cocoon.
We not only provide a very wide range of vertical fabrics, which have acoustic properties for use with sound absorbing substrates, all our synthetic fabrics in polyester and polypropylene can be cleaned and disinfected using bleach.
As a major supplier of privacy screen and panel fabrics for the international interiors market, we’ve spoken with a selection of our customers across the UK and Europe to give their insight into how they foresee their products becoming increasingly popular.


We have seen a growing demand for sound absorbing office screens even before COVID-19, as a reaction to the lack of privacy in open-plan office spaces.&rdquo

We sense a need for variable office spaces in a post COVID-19 environment. It’s likely that people will take turns in occupying the same space, naturally creating a growing demand for both static office screens and mobile screens, the ability for workplaces to adapt in terms of both functionality and safety will be key moving forward.”

Fabian af Ekenstam, Marketing & Product Manager

Lintex Edge Screens offer Cara Fabric as a standard option on these, which can be cleaned and disinfected to ensure businesses are able to remain compliant with Covid-19 guidelines in their offices when returning to work. 


“The 2020 workplace is about staying healthy, durable and being responsible. It's also about designing and decorating with a long-term mindset where employees and visitors alike can find themselves in the same environment.”
“Be creative in the placement of desks and use screens and room dividers to screen off work stations.”
“Creating individual work stations and dividing your spaces into individual work zones is easy enough. Take our floor screens and office ballz among other products, for example, which all help to build healthy, durable and responsible work environments.” 

”To act responsibly doesn’t mean it can’t be done with a light-heartedness, a playfulness and with design.”

John de Boer, Sales Director

Götessons A30 & A40 Floor Screens, Office Ballz and The Hut Roof & Lounge range are all available in Camira fabrics.


“The need for an increased amount of screens post-COVID will be one of the main factors in employee wellbeing within the workplace. Creating a feeling of safety and protection, whilst helping mitigate the spread of germs, screens allow employees to feel more comfortable and engaged knowing that the company has put their safety first within the office.”
“Office design over the past 10 years has developed exponentially from cellular cubicles to hot desking and agile workspaces. This development was brought about by the change to smarter working styles and increased employee engagement. Reverting to former designs post-COVID feels like a leap backward in ethos, instead we should be focusing on creating adaptable environments that can provide employees safety and protection when needed, but can be reconfigured to allow for collaboration, engagement and agile working moving forward.”

Nadia Al-Chalaby, Interior Designer

Flexiform screens, meeting pods, booths and more are available in Camira fabrics.


“What I am seeing is a lot of ad hoc temporary fixes. I understand the concerns around open plan space and the need for social distancing but are we not in danger of devaluing the workplace by clumsy changes?”
“It’s a paradox – just as we should be attracting staff back to the workplace, the powers-that-be are making the workplace less attractive! I appreciate that safety is everything but that doesn’t mean good design should be thrown out. I predict a second wave of change when wipe-clean utilitarianism will be rejected for tactile, acoustically comfortable environments. Just as safe but much, much nicer.”

Mark Bailey, Director

Creatif Acoustif and Adaptif screen and panel solutions are offered in Camira fabrics.


“For me, we need to consider the short-term solution and longer-term design goals. Right now, we’re seeing an influx of demand for acrylic screens as employers look to modify existing workplaces to meet COVID-19 guidelines.”
“Interestingly, bigger design projects are still ongoing and so designers are considering practical yet stylish solutions for new office designs. In my opinion, combining tactile fabric panels with acrylic extensions enables an office to retain a warm, inviting atmosphere whilst still encouraging collaboration amongst colleagues.”
“Of course, both acrylic and fabric have their own advantages. As we know, Camira offer both anti-microbial and easy-to-clean fabrics, which further reduce the risk of the virus surviving on textiles so customers do not need to worry about this element when choosing between the two.” 
Adam Cockerham, Design Director
icon panels, screens, pods and booths are all available in Camira fabrics.
As many of us adapt to working from home, that spot on the dining room table or lounge floor is likely to have expanded as time has moved on. Homeworkers are now seeking a more permanent solution: something which employers are going to need to provide as working from home or working remotely is likely to continue to be a strong trend in the months and years ahead. Currently we’re pulling together our range of fabrics which can be used in the domestic setting - watch this space for our next article which brings these together.