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It’s All about the Curves - Material Matters

FDT Bureau

It’s all about the curves - Material Matters
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As the trend towards softer curves gains momentum, it’s not just the form that’s evolving; material choices are being reevaluated too. Singh points out the resurgence of warm and organic materials, including all-wood pieces, warmer fabric hues such as leather, and a palette of whites, beiges, browns, greens and terracotta shades. “Boundaries are being pushed with other material choices as well by experimenting with different weaving techniques using ropes, cords and the ever-favourite rattan,” she affirms. Shweta Arya, Founder and Designer, of Ochre At Home emphasizes luxurious materials like leather, velvet and plush fabrics are skilfully employed to underscore the inviting and comfortable nature of these pieces. “Wood is often incorporated in curved furniture frames to add warmth and contrast. These trends are reflected in recent furniture launches through the use of curvilinear shapes, organic contours and a mix of luxurious materials.” However, the experimentation doesn’t stop with wood alone. According to Kant, “Textural materials are being introduced to provide a more tactile experience. However, leather remains a timeless upholstery choice that adds a touch of luxury to our sofas.”

Wood is often incorporated in curved furniture frames to add warmth and contrast. These trends are reflected in recent furniture launches through the use of curvilinear shapes, organic contours and a mix of luxurious materials.



Shweta Arya, Founder and Designer, Ochre At Home

Curves: Shaping Modern Furniture and Design

The preference for natural curves in design is grounded in biophilic design principles, which derive inspiration from the organic, curved shapes present in the natural environment. Consequently, incorporating curved furniture forms an ideal blend for fostering a tranquil atmosphere influenced by the captivating beauty of the natural world.



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Highlighting another crucial factor leading to the surge of curved furniture designs Kant points out it aligns with the growing preference for creating an inviting and communal atmosphere in living spaces. He adds, “Curved designs promote better social interaction and communication, as they allow people to face each other instead of being positioned towards a single focal point like a television. This fosters a sense of togetherness and connectivity.”



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Singh believes that “Design is cyclical, as trends across all industries tend to be.” He further adds that curved furniture aligns well with the post-pandemic perspective on design, more so, when it comes to residences. “The visual impact of curved furniture possesses a dual charm: it not only imparts a warm and welcoming feel to residences - particularly significant in the post-pandemic era when homes have become the new haven, showcasing a remarkable blend of style and versatility, epitomizing purposeful design. The burgeoning trends of luxury also sit very well with curved pieces. Their inherent expensive and rich appearance makes them a sure-fire way to elevate any space.”

 

 


This article is a part of our exclusive article ‘It’s all about the curves’ which is originally published in Furniture Design & Technology (FDT Magazine) November 2023 print issue. If you want to read the full article, please subscribe Furniture Design & Technology Magazine here: 

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