Soft Sell: Modern Design's Velvet Trend

Velvet's glamour and warmth are a welcome recurring presence in contemporary design.

Velvet Sofas

Clean-lined modern sofas and Mid-Century chairs have been given new oomph, thanks to plush velvet upholstery. And as the chill of winter sets in, the enveloping softness of luxurious textiles becomes interior design comfort food. The latest releases from MENU embody modern design's velvet preoccupation. The MENU Tearoom Sofa, above, a gently curved statement piece with neatly tailored red velvet upholstery, projects both restraint and glamour; while the best-selling Gus Margot Sofa has an elegant profile of French-seam piping and sumptuous back cushions, both rendered more glamorous by rich velvet upholstery.

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Velvet Dining Chairs

Few things add an instant cool-weather dining update like luxurious velvet dining chairs, and you'll find no shortage of stylish contemporary designs from which to choose. GUBI's Beetle Velvet Dining Chair, above, is an undeniable attention-getter in any fabric, but its sculptural curves were born to be draped in velvet. Blu Dot's new Host Velvet Dining Chair, its enveloping bucket seat resplendent in Ablin Velvet, is sure to elevate virtually any modern dining room scheme, while Jonathan Adler's Goldfinger Dining Chair, with its polished brass detailing and button tufted cushioning, is for those seeking the ultimate