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Soft Sell: Modern Design's Velvet Trend

Trend Report

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 touch of retro glamour.

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Velvet Lounge Chairs

Velvet's inviting softness is best illustrated in the range of contemporary velvet lounge chairs gaining popularity. The Jonathan Adler Bacharach Lounge Chair, above, has a sumptuously rounded velvet profile ideal for offsetting more angular modern furnishings, while the best-selling Blu Dot Field Lounge Chair is a contemporary classic, thanks to an enveloping Mid-Century influenced form that's particular potent in soft velvet. Sink into the Artless Up One-Seater Sofa at your own risk. This modern lounge chair pairs a geometric profile with luxuriously layered upholstery that threatens to keep you sitting comfy for hours.

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Velvet Pillows & Poufs

Anyone skittish about incorporating velvet into an interior scheme should consider velvet pillows and poufs, a more subtle option for warming up airy spaces with decadent fabrics. Ferm Living's Faded Pouf Oval, above, has an understated textural beauty that seamless blends into any room's composition, be it living room or bedroom. Ditto the Fatboy Point Velvet Pouf, a casual seating addition in 6 color options, that's equally suited to living room or kids' room. Velvet throw pillows, like the striking Jiti Ombre Velvet Pillow, available in a range of gradient hues, are the ultimate cool-weather accent for bare sofas and beds.

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