For a good period of time the general population resigned itself to two types of sofas. The straight-lined, modern contemporary (shudder) Ikea sofas. And the squishy, country-style oversized Pottery Barn sofas. I don’t really remember anyone having anything else growing up. (We’re talkin suburbia here people.)
Those time have changed. Design has become more accessible, more daring, more personal. It’s not just the pages of magazines brimming with innovative sofa shapes – you can find them in many mass market stores too. Done well? Hmm… maybe not quite yet. But we’re getting there. And if my time spent at market last spring was any indication, you may start seeing a lot more of this:
Well, not this in particular. But the curved sofa? It’s making a little comeback. I say little because, let’s be honest, this only works in certain homes and areas. Linear sofas will always be the norm, as they’re easier to work with and come in more options for styles, but the curved and wedged styles are gaining in popularity.
In my opinion, the vintage ones are still the best in many ways. Their scale is wonderful and their lines a bit more original.
And where, exactly would you put one? Well, really, wherever you want. But I particularly like the way the smaller ones fill a little niche in the house, while the larger ones make an amazing statement piece centered right in the middle of a room. Talk about creating a layout that invites conversation!
While many of these sofas are custom, there are plenty of options for us everyday shoppers too…
My favorites are the ‘new traditional’ styles. Based in classic design, but a bit more updated, they are versatile in any room.
For those who enjoy a little retro styling, a rounded sofa is actually a natural choice. The contrast between strong lines and a curved seat strike a nice balance!
And then there are the classics – how we’re most used to seeing a soft curve in upholstery. Usually skirted, smaller scale, and with rounded backs, these are more often than not an accent piece in a home. But before you dismiss them as too old-fashioned, take another look at the first photo and you can see how, when mixed with graphic art and natural woods, they fit right into a modern space.
Do any of you own a curved sofa in your own home? Use them in your decorating for clients?