Trend Alert: Curvy Seating Is All The Rage


Dramatic and sinuous, these sculptural furnishings will have you on the edge of your seat. Here we explore curvy furniture options for the stylish home.

curvy furniture Bower Studios’ organic Melt Armchair

All photos by Patricia Heal

Melting Point

Bower Studios’ organic Melt Armchair appears to capture metamorphosis in motion. As if subjected to extreme heat, the upholstered bouclé cushion gracefully drapes over a walnut base before settling into its final state: a light and airy contoured perch. Showcased throughout are architectural backdrops painted by New York City-based artist Haleh Atabeigi using Benjamin Moore’s Citrus Burst 364, Jalapeño Pepper 2147-30 and Easter Hunt 554.,,

Ripple Effect

Artisan Aleiya Olu pays homage to her Detroit homebase with the Lyndon chair. When conceiving the design, Olu found inspiration everywhere from the Motor City’s rich craft tradition and midcentury modern aesthetic to its buzzy creative scene. The resulting hand-assembled cherry oak chair is simple in materiality but playful in shape; sturdy in stance but warm in embrace.

Fresh Form

The Squiggle Chairs by Christopher Miano, founder of CAM Design Co., are a true product of the pandemic. During days at home, the furniture designer felt compelled to create something that would elicit a smile and bring lightness to a space. Shown here in bleached maple, red oak and walnut, and topped with bouclé cushions, the playful chairs are crafted from sustainably sourced woods in Union City, New Jersey.

Whimsical Take

As a classically trained woodworker, Brooklyn-based artist Luke Malaney begins each composition with a sketch, making changes along the way. His resulting creations meld fantastical ideas with form and functionality. Crafted in rich walnut, Lev’s Chair is one such free-form design featuring rear lunate legs and elegant curves. For the chair’s back, Malaney used jewelers’ tools to add an intricate gouge texture that appears to come to life.

Serpentine Seat

For their freshman debut, The High Key’s Relief collection explores curvaceous shapes as is evident in the Glove Couch. Founder and creative director John Vieweg first designs pieces using 3D software, after which a network of manufacturers build the designs to exact renderings. Vieweg contemplated the idea of ‘relief’ throughout the design process: from the physical relief of sitting on a sofa, to the way in which reliefs were historically made by carving away at materials—a method employed on the sofa’s interior foam body to achieve its final construction.