Circular shapes can do a lot of heavy lifting in design. Rounded lines and design curves in textile patterns, fixtures, and architecture warm up chilly modern rooms by softening the effect of materials like stone, tile, and glass. They also create a feeling of movement and, in times of upheaval, I think they signal a comforting sense of sense of calm and continuity. Examples of curvilinear shapes in décor are everywhere right now. One of the most delightful is designer Laurel Harrington’s Daisy Doo chair (below). It’s hand-made in the U.S. from domestically-sourced and sustainably-harvested black walnut, white oak, and poplar. Leathers and suedes used for upholstery are by-products of the meat industry. Manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible. Customizable colours for both base and upholstery are available.
Handling design curves with confidence takes special skill-as does a fearless approach to colour. Designer Jonathan Adler is recognized to handle both extremely well. Maybe it helps that his creative manifesto includes the belief that “colours can’t clash.” People are still talking about the pretty, optimistic space he did for Caesarstone at IDS 2020 (see featured picture above). Colours were sweet but not sugary, and leavened by strategic bracing black stripes and pattern. Last week, I saw and was drawn to more soft shapes, dreamy colours, and design curves in some of Adler’s most recent pieces. Do you enjoy these gentle curves as much as I do? LMK below.