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Six of the Best: Curved Sofas

16th July 2019
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This is the part of the year where the actual stuff catches up with the endless trend reports. Back in April I wrote, not for the first time, that curves were the new shape. I didn’t say then, and wonder now, if they are an antidote to the clean, straight lines of mid-century modern. Be that as it may, there is always a time lag between what you see at said trade shows and what you see in the shops.

isola sofa from heals a/w collection

isola sofa by Lucy Kurrein from heals a/w19 collection coming soon

But they’re here now. Two of these are from Heals, the high end of the high street, so if this is out of your budget, then wait another few months and it will filter down. Now, as ever, yes this is a fashionable shape but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong to buy one.

If you love and think you would love it even if everything else was a rectangle then you should go for it. A trend is only a trend if, for you, it’s a passing fad. Curved sofas can be a brilliant solution as they contrast with all the straight lines in a room. For what it’s worth, I would say that if you don’t want to be “trendy” I would stick with a rectangle or square coffee table rather than adding more curves to the mix. That might look like you were buying whole heartedly into the fashion – a bit head to toe Burberry rather than just taking the parts that are right for you and your home.

bloomsbury from heals a/w 19

bloomsbury from heals a/w 19

Kris Manalo, Senior Upholstery Buyer at Heal’s, said: “Curves have become a recent trend within interiors, taking centre stage at prominent design fairs from Salone to Maison et Objet. This comes as part of a movement away from the hard lines of mid-century modern and introduces soft, organic profiles that are not only gentle on the eye but create a more relaxed appeal within the scheme.

“Curved furniture can create a beautiful statement, particularly when paired with tactile fabrics such as velvet or bouclé wool. Our new season collections are influenced by the refined opulence of the Art Deco era, with swooping lines and arched profiles to soften those boxy, rigid edges within a room for an elegant and sumptuous feel. Curved profiles are perfectly suited to contemporary, minimalist schemes.”

rico sofa from ferm living

As you can see from these they come in all shapes and sizes and you don’t have to have a huge room to have a curved sofa. Yes, two facing each other in a large square room where one has its back to the door, will look amazing (Cherry I’m looking at you) but equally a smaller one that has its back to the wall with the ends curving slightly away will work well in a typically narrow Victorian terrace.

glover curved sofa from maisons du monde

glover curved sofa from maisons du monde

What’s more the curves at the ends also mean you might be able to tuck a tall, narrow floor lamp behind each end, overlooking the sofa, which will work beautifully as reading lamps and you won’t need a side table – so it might even save you space. You can put your drinks on the coffee table in front.

Below is a modular version from Habitat which, to my eyes at least, is a much more pleasing shape than the more common version of two rectangles stuck together and is just curvy enough to look good and not so curvy that you might mistake it for a fashion only.

colby sofa from habitat

colby sofa from habitat

And of course the Tiffany, which I have featured before, but which was the first to of the so-called High Street end of the collection. This is a stunning sofa but I’m not sure it could be your only sofa in a television room. It’s more of a chatting sofa than a Netflix and popcorn sofa, although I think it would be perfect for one to lie on but two would have to sit quite upright.

curved sofa from graham and green

curved sofa from graham and green

So what do you think? Curved sofas yay or nay?

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  • Rini G 19th July 2019 at 9:39 am

    Great news! I’ve been waiting for my yellow leather curved sofas from the 90’s to come back into fashion. They’re in the dreaded “front room”, i.e. not seen that often. I spent a lot on them at the time, so maybe I will be rewarded for my patience.

  • Mary Doria Russell 16th July 2019 at 1:37 pm

    What I find so rewarding about your blog is the pragmatism threaded into the commentary. “You could tuck a couple of floor lamps behind the curves saving space because you won’t need sides tables. Put your drinks on the coffee table in front.” YES. That’s recognition of real life along with a discerning eye.

  • Marie 16th July 2019 at 11:57 am

    I’d kill for any of those especially the Rico! I’ve been saying this for years… curves are so soft and Cosy and still very sophisticated in a room. I think it’s an antidote to all these huge square, soulless extensions and hard shiny surfaces with massive square islands. It’s lazy design with no vision .. rant over😡

  • Annie 16th July 2019 at 9:47 am

    Stupid question, but how do trends become trends? Do all the head designers at the fancy companies have a conflab every Christmas and decide what they all want to work on?! I assume not, although it sounds fun, but what intrigues me is how curves, for example, can become a thing. That requires several designers to decide they are the “in thing”, or a particular colour or whatever it might be, but is it just chance that they decide on the same thing or is there a bit more behind it? I’ve always wondered…

  • Janet Whincup 16th July 2019 at 8:40 am

    When I set up my very first home in 1979 I had a four seater curved sofa.

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