Pias Picks: curves in all the right places
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Pias Picks: curves in all the right places

Pia Seidel
Zurich, on 29.12.2021

I like many things, but my apartment can’t fit them all. So, many products end up in my watch list. And here, hoping that you’ll enjoy them, too. This time I’ve fallen for round furniture.

I’ve had enough of hard edges and corners. In 2022, a soft wave is sweeping through my rooms and possibly through yours as well. According to Pinterest, one of the home trends for the coming year is «Curve appeal».

The platform regularly forecasts trends based on globally collected data from the previous year. The prediction is that curves and swerves will define the shape of interior design and furniture. «Curved kitchen islands, round sofas or curved interior walls are now making their way into our homes,» says the Pinterest predicts trend report. Apparently, it’s millennials who are big on this rounded design trend. This makes me, a child of the nineties, anything but the exception with my soft sport for curvy designs.

Curves like those of the «Grace» serving trolley soften the rigid lines of architecture.
Curves like those of the «Grace» serving trolley soften the rigid lines of architecture.

But what makes curvy furniture unique for me is its adaptability. The roundness nestles into any environment – without you having to do much. This simplifies interior design and leaves you with a harmonious result. This is a particular advantage in rooms you spend a lot of time in.

Waves in the living room

According to Pinterest, round sofas among other things are trending. The same has been happening on Instagram. For example, the cushion-shaped sofa «Togo» by Michel Ducaroy or the modular sofa «Camaleonda» from the seventies are celebrating a curvy comeback. The latter was launched 50 years ago by B&B Italia and designed by Mario Bellini. Because it is so low, it can be placed in the middle of the room. And the elements can be combined with each other in different ways. This turns standard seating into a living landscape that fills up the entire room. The effect works just as well with low armchairs.

The «Ted» armchair is cosy thanks to its soft curves and bouclé fabric.
The «Ted» armchair is cosy thanks to its soft curves and bouclé fabric.
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Curvaceous kitchens and home bars

Ideas for curved kitchen islands or bar designs are also in demand. Many people seem to crave furniture from another era. This already became apparent with the hype surrounding the set design of Mad Men a few years ago. The North American TV show is set in the 1960s. It features classics like the Knoll sofa with its rounded corners, which was more in demand than ever shortly after its appearance.

The series also made house bars and serving trolleys acceptable again. To cash in on the hype, some brands have even added «Mad Men» to the name of their products – whisky glasses, for example.

Waves and curves add movement to interiors.
Waves and curves add movement to interiors.

A gentler approach

The curvy design craze that’s taking off may have something to do with Mad Men, but it certainly has to do with the general high level of interest in the vintage furniture market. Or with the fact that people are at home more often than before due to the pandemic. Soft and inviting nooks are great for reflecting, reading or doing nothing. Personally, I interpret them as signs to take a gentler approach with everything. I want to walk on fluffy fringed carpets like in the seventies and not be too «edgy». This doesn’t make me the exception, and that’s a good thing.

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