AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Chubby. Curvaceous. Downright plump – not usually the adjectives I’d ascribe to high-end design for the home. Yet something is bubbling (pun intended) in the world of interiors where there’s no other way to put it – big and round is beautiful. The penchant for the rotund is arguably nothing new, from the curved sofas of the 1940s and 50s right through to the more recent Roly Poly chair by designer Faye Toogood. Yet at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, nearly every booth or display there it was again; the curve. Gently sweeping sofas, round tables, and spherical shaped lighting were all on display. Perhaps it’s that in uncertain times these organic shapes provide a nurturing comfort. There’s certainly something incredibly satisfying about this trend – a warmth and softness. It just feels good. Who doesn’t want to fold themselves into the curves of a sofa? It’s the design world’s version of a hug.
Since Caroline Popham swapped a career in graphic design for one in fine art, her work has enjoyed instant success. She is known for her simple brush strokes and restrained use of colour,and curves are a recurring theme in her work.Whether you’re in the market for a large-scale painted canvas or a cut paper collage this is definitely a chic way of adding some rounded edges into your interior.
Indigo Form V (part of pair), price on application, www.alexeagle.co.uk