The minority would have proposed that the modern era would boast such curvaceously round silhouetted furniture pieces. 2020 has delivered just that. With our new offerings from our Parker Range just released, it’s like a big encompassing hug…but in furniture. The pieces are covered in lashings of luxurious upholstery, lustrous velvets and boucle textures.

1950s villa of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi pictured above featuring chairs by Pierre Jeanneret and Pierre Guariche.

The new Proper Hotel in Santa Monica offers a ‘laidback luxury’. It boasts an interior and furniture range designed by Kelly Wearstler, complete with cosy capsules and generous, upholstered furniture pieces. The palette oozes creamy honey and wheat tones and features modern ‘chubby’ furniture strategically placed alongside (jaw dropping) op shop finds.

“The bed is a radius headboard that reminded me of a sunset in California”, Kelly said. Pictured to the left is the Disco Headboard from yours truly in rosa, a neutral woven fabric with warm overtones.

Wearstler’s signature flair for eclectic materials and textures are restrained within a neutral palette but it sure does take someone with design aplomb to combine strong textural elements with bold furniture.

“This plumping-up of domestic furniture could be down to the need to feel cocooned”. “But then curvy, rounded and plump designs are the literal expression of comfort; when we seek solace, it is not to a stiff-backed chair that we intuitively turn”, wrote Michelle Ogundehin.

It’s not just generous proportions that decide this trend. The fabrics are soft and inviting. Rigid linens and bold weaves have moved aside for plump boucles and succulent velvets. The fabrics warp themselves over every twist and turn, hiding a structure and forming one homogenised mass.

Key pieces featured in the Parker Range. These furniture elements check back with the movement of comfortable living.

If you’re going to insert bold, curvy forms into any space, don’t stop with form, colour is just as key. If you don’t subscribe to trends, we cover all bases with must-have-white (maya), a decidedly fresh ‘lilac’ that’s a woven textured velvet in a delicate pastel colour, or how about ‘petrol’?…a sumptuous smooth velvet with a deep hue and an iridescent lustre.

No one can quite pinpoint where this trend first came from or from where it emerged. Perhaps it is in rebellion to previous minimalist ideas, maybe it’s a reaction to the turbulence of recent times and the desire to build homes and spaces that are a place of solace and comfort. There’s a growing uncertainty of our health and the economy, but the one thing that is certain, the universal call for maximalism furniture pieces lathered in palpable fabrics.

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