Many apartments in New York City require innovative solutions for renovating due to size and often construction restraints (especially in co-op buildings). If you have a kitchen which adjoins a dining area and you would like to open up the space more, and perhaps still need to shield the oven, utilizing a treated wood divider on one side which matches other components of the interior is a viable option. In this space the divider looks more like a harmonious addition to the furniture set and flooring, rather than strictly a divider. Dividers are tricky in that it's important to achieve the proper balance between utility/ function and elegance. A utilitarian looking divider which is not properly integrated into the design scheme can disrupt the flow of the space.