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How to Elegantly Embrace the Curved Furniture Trend

How To

Modern design's current fascination with curves is easy to understand—and easy to incorporate into an existing interior scheme.  

Curved Lounge Chairs

Curved furniture is nothing new—Eero Saarinen's classic, exquisitely proportioned Womb Chair, above, was created way back in 1948, after all—but there's no doubt the curved furniture trend has taken hold anew, offering irresistible new designs that beg to be included in contemporary interior schemes. The easiest way to incorporate curved furniture into an existing design scheme is to opt for a single statement piece—we're mad for the GUBI Beetle Lounge Chair—blessed with curves so effortlessly graceful, you'll wonder why you thought curves were a radical idea.

Curved Sofas

When it comes to attention-getting furniture, it's hard to top a modern curved sofa. An undulating design, like one that features the Gus* Mix Modular Arc, above, is a show-stopper, ideal for roomy, loft-like interiors, where plenty of seating is a given. But smaller spaces can benefit from a curving design as well. Case in point is the clean and compact Melinda Sofa from Artless, which features a gently rounded back that contrasts fetchingly with an angular coffee table or occasional chair. The Moooi Love Sofa , with its sumptuous round form, could hardly be more inviting if it tried.  

Curved Coffee Tables

Coffee tables with curving silhouettes offer a visually striking contrast to the straight edges of modern sofas or any adjacent seating. The Muuto Around Coffee Table, already something of a contemporary Danish classic, may be the ultimate perfect circle in any color or finish, but asymmetric designs bring their own allure. The Mid Century Knoll Risom Amoeba Coffee Table illustrates the lasting appeal of an amorphous shape, while the best-selling Tweet Marble Coffee Table by Calligaris, with its gently rounded edges and unusual outline, injects subtle glamour into any interior composition.  

Curved Poufs & Ottomans

Few curved furniture pieces come with less risk than a stylish modern pouf or ottoman. Low-profile, versatile, and projecting casual elegance, upholstered ottomans instantly soften even the most formal interior scheme. If a statement ottoman is called for, it's hard to go wrong with the Muuto Five Side Ottoman, covered in channel-stitched Kvadrat fabric, and putting a subtly rounded spin on the standard pentagon shape. The Blu Dot Bumper Small Ottoman doubles as both compact seating and occasional table, while the velvet-covered Ferm Living Pouf Oval brings a decadent touch to a modern space.