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How to style the curved furniture trend in any space

How to style the curved furniture trend in any space

Straight lines and perpendicular edges are being swapped for organic shapes and curvaceous silhouettes. Here's how to style the curved furniture trend, regardless of your interior design aesthetic

Words by Tanisha Angel

Although functional mid-century furniture design has dominated interiors for decades, the past couple of years have seen rectilinear forms and utilitarian silhouettes make way for curved lines and organic, undulating forms. Sitting in stark defiance of the clean lines of early mid-century modern furniture, curvaceous furniture has proven to be more than a fleeting trend, with fun and playful styles — quite literally — making waves in the design world.

Both inside and outside, perpendicular lines are being swapped for their rounded counterparts. Architects are softening the hard edges of entryways with graceful arches, while furniture designers are crafting plump, puffy, chubby, and curvy furniture.

Curvo 3 Seater Velvet Sofa by Bubuland Home

When did the curved furniture trend originate?

The curved furniture trend initially arose in the ‘60s as part of the mid-century modern aesthetic, though the plush sofas and chunky ottomans of today are more akin to the maximalist design movement of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Mirror Mirror by Steven Giannuzzi Furniture

Why has curved furniture come back in style?

A desire for curved furniture and other household accessories such as vases and mirrors can be partially attributed to a yearning for comfort. While the curved furniture trend dates back to the mid- to late-19th century, it has flitted in and out of style since, with the trend last coming to the fore during the 2008 Financial Crisis.

With that in mind, during these often bleak times, it seems only natural to gravitate towards furniture and home interiors that contribute to a calm, comfortable atmosphere. Additionally, with our public and private lives fusing together as a result of remote working, it’s become increasingly more important to delineate spaces in the home, resulting in a tendency to create living spaces that feel soft and welcoming rather than solely prioritising function.

For Steven Giannuzzi of Steven Giannuzzi Furniture, a background in constructing solely rectilinear objects prompted a desire to hone in on curves. “There are so many more possibilities to design in curvature as well as the challenge it makes in figuring out how to construct it,” Steven tells ArchiPro.

Additionally, curved furniture has the ability to interact with spaces in a different way than furniture with straight lines. “There is something so nice about how curved lines in furniture can change as the light moves over it throughout the day.”

Leaf Boy Credenza by Steven Giannuzzi Furniture

How to style the curved furniture trend

Whether you’re a devout minimalist or committed maximalist (or somewhere in between), the curved furniture trend is able to seamlessly slot into any home, lending character and an air of playfulness to any space. Here’s how to incorporate curved furniture into your interiors.

How to style the curved furniture trend

Whether you’re a devout minimalist or committed maximalist (or somewhere in between), the curved furniture trend is able to seamlessly slot into any home, lending character and an air of playfulness to any space. Here’s how to incorporate curved furniture into your interiors.

Curved furniture in the living room

Today, curved furniture has found a balance between the starkly functional nature of mid-century modern designs in the ’60s and the loud, maximalist styles of the ’70s and ’80s, seamlessly integrating into any design style. From minimalist Scandinavian and zen Japanese interiors to vibrant contemporary styles, curved furniture can act as a conversation starter or simply serve to complement a space.

Curvo Velvet Sofa by Bubuland Home

The heart of the living room, the sofa is where people gravitate, serving as a place to convene and converse. Curved furniture quite literally takes the edge off social gatherings, working to soften a space and create a more relaxed atmosphere. A gently rounded piece like the Bubuland Curvo 3 Seater Velvet Sofa works to create an intimate environment while lending a classic ’80s appeal to your living room.

Bambi Hall Table bySteven Giannuzzi Furniture

For the minimalists or those after more zen interiors, opt for furniture that has soft, natural curves rather than dramatically arced lines. With a contemporary and clean design style that uses elements of curvature and negative space while accenting unique elements of each piece of timber, the Steven Giannuzzi Furniture Bambi Table can be used in both hallways and living rooms. In the latter, it can be used as a side table alongside rectilinear furniture or as an accompaniment to other more maximalist curved pieces.

When working with curved furniture, balance it out with thoughtful accessories and accents. Think geometric ornaments, angular artwork, and textured cushions or throw pillows. This works to add a sense of edge to the rounded pieces, maintaining design harmony.

Curved furniture in the bedroom

Curved furniture lends itself well to the inherent cosiness of the bedroom. With its delicate rounded silhouette, the Città Arc Bedhead is an easy way to incorporate the trend into your room, while the Steven Giannuzzi Furniture Rock Maple floating side table creates an interesting optical illusion. For a mid-century modern touch, the Steven Giannuzzi Furniture Mirror Mirror shelf is an attractive yet innocuous addition to the bedroom.

Rock Maple Floating Side Table by Steven Giannuzzi Furniture

Curved furniture in the office

Not merely relegated to living spaces and bedrooms, curved furniture can be subtly and creatively incorporated into home offices.

Scolio’sis’ Desk by Steven Giannuzzi Furniture

For an unconventional take on curved furniture, the Steven Giannuzzi Furniture Scolio’sis’ Desk is equal parts pragmatic and statement-making. Two intersecting curved legs support a seemingly traditional desk, with the minimalist design and tapered legs exuding a distinctly mid-century modern appeal.

About a Lounge Chair by Hay

A simple yet striking addition to offices and living spaces alike, the Hay About a Lounge Chair juxtaposes a warm, rounded body with either a swivelled metal base or sleek wooden frame. The sculptural appearance and numerous colour variations make it an ideal addition to any space, whether tucked into a desk or used to inject a pop of colour into an otherwise neutral room.

Learn more about Steven Giannuzzi Furniture by visiting his ArchiPro profile here.

Words by Tanisha Angel

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