Sunday 22 July 2018

Circular logic

Tired of straight lines? Take the edge off your interiors this season, writes Nathalie Marquez Courtney, with organic shapes and circular pieces

Classic yet modern, cosy yet sleek, the 46 Sofa by Finn Juhl embraces the curve in a big way, from €8,095; Lost Weekend, lostweekend.ie
Classic yet modern, cosy yet sleek, the 46 Sofa by Finn Juhl embraces the curve in a big way, from €8,095; Lost Weekend, lostweekend.ie
Eichholtz Messina sofa, around €2,045: An Art Deco inspired beauty in a contemporary shade, houseology.com
Loop table, €175: A glam way to add curved shapes to a space, dust.ie
Pink vase, €28: Embrace organic, undulating lines with this elegant vase, debenhams.ie
Round cushion, €60: Quickly soften a boxy couch with this soft, feminine cushion, lambdesign.ie
Pendant light, around €181: A subtle light that emits a soft, ambient glow, nest.co.uk
Wall clock, €25: Minimalist but still interesting, home-lust.com
Pablo stool, €150: Gorgeous earthy tones and an organic shape, aprilandthebear.com
Double circle mirrors, €184.99: The bold shape of these mirrors will add energy and femininity, littlewoodsireland.ie

It's wonderful how a simple shape can impact on how your home feels. Organic forms and uneven edges soften a space, instantly making it more welcoming. Circles and curving shapes are starting to have a serious interiors moment as softer, more organic pieces begin edging out linear, boxy shapes, adding a feminine touch to homes.

Psychologically, it seems, circles suggest harmony and energy, with curves creating a graceful, warm feel. Expect to spot a lot more rounded shapes in furniture design in the coming months, whether it's luxe curved sofas, simple circular mirrors and even cylindrical legs.

"We've started seeing it in a bigger way in the last year or so," says Lisa Marconi, co-founder of online store and interior design studio, Dust (dust.ie). "Both in what is being designed and what our clients are asking for, we're noticing a big trend towards curves."

What Lisa loves about the look is that it can be interpreted in a couple of ways. "If you go one way with it, it's all about luxury and maximalism. But you can also interpret it in a much more restrained way, by bringing curves and feminine touches into the home in more subtle ways."

Softening up a space is about making it more inviting and welcoming, which curved or circular pieces do well. They take the edge off the industrial, minimalist, Scandi-inspired look that has dominated for so long.

"People just aren't going for the boxy, square stuff any more," says Lisa. "They're opting for the curvy, more subtle, more feminine elements. It's all about having a bit more fun. We're trying to relax a bit, and rebelling against the whole straight lines, rectangular thing."

Some of the big statement pieces also tap into the glamour and the decadence of the Seventies, which you can see in curved sofas, side tables and lights, swivel chairs, round cushions, and even architecturally, with circular windows and arches making a big comeback. "We want to bring curves in everywhere," laughs Lisa.

If you're considering investing in a curved couch or big statement piece, it's important to modernise it.

"As so much of this look is inherently a bit retro, it can start looking like your grandparents have just moved in if you're not careful," Lisa warns. "Chose your colours wisely - those lovely, soft ice cream shades go really nicely with curved pieces, as do greys and navy or rich jewel colours, as there's something inherently glam about this look."

Embracing the trend in smaller ways is easy to do: simply start introducing more curved, organic shapes into your decor scheme.

"Maybe try a straight sofa, but one that's got curved arms, or a little circle side table or a pendant that's got some curves into it," says Lisa. "It's a gentler way of embracing the look.''

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