A career packed with covers and catwalks, an Instagram profile that has nearly 18 million followers, where she unveiled the fatigue of pregnancy, stretch marks and belly after childbirth including: Ashley Graham, the American model champion in body positivity she is the icon of an idea of generous beauty and physicality, which fashion has now largely cleared through customs. Now the attraction of curved and sliding shapes, from the aesthetics of the body to the range of objects, breaks into another world attached to the image: design and decor.
Just look at the new armchair Sharon from Armani Casa , a brand moreover dedicated to a rigorous materiality: the central part seems to flow thanks to the structure, which is a single element whose thin thicknesses and the particular curvature at the ends give the idea of movement and lightness. The same lightness emerges in the sofa Lido cord from Minotti a comfortable nest designed by the GamFratesi studio, which takes the depth on one side and turns into a bergère, where the backrest designs a soft niche. Boreas , the outdoor collection designed by Piero Lissoni in 2021 for B&B Italia, is enriched with outdoor sun loungers, objects with a light structure in curved tubular aluminum, defined by a delicate balance between oval shapes. Instead, the armchair’s enclosing lines are explicit Sveva Soft designed by Carlo Colombo for Flexform, whose shell is made of a special polymer material, which together with the padded structure in goose down guarantees an extraordinary softness.
In the search for a soft image, we are witnessing the return of accessories that are almost forbidden in times of minimalism: pillows. Colorful, precious, sustainable like those of Atelier des Refusés , a small circular economy brand, born from an idea by architect Carolina Nisivoccia, which gives a second life to the furniture industry’s high quality textile stocks and turns them into soft unique hand-sewn pieces. Lines that enclose, even in space par excellence intended for hospitality and for merging relationships, family and friends: the kitchen. The project Table 2.0 with which Yabu Pushelberg reinterprets the “all in one small room” concept for Dada, it is a spectacular amphitheater with a curved table top in marble or stone and sloping terminal bases. Closed, the integrated kitchen looks like a large piece of furniture with two sliding doors, open is a hug to the house chef. Modern furniture says goodbye to edges that start with unexpected elements such as tables.
Monti, from the new collection Metropolitan framework from Itlas designed by Matteo Bianchi Studio, it projects delicate sinuosities inspired by ancient monuments, while the echo of a sweet softness also resounds in the table Francis , in Crystal White Marble, which Giuseppe Bavuso signs for Rimadesio. Not only in the round version, but also in the rectangular and square version, the edges of the smooth surface are slightly rounded. Henrik is an expandable dining table designed by Emmanuel Gallina for Poliform, whose structure, in solid wood combined with the wood, marble or glass top, is characterized by a refined furniture manufacturing process that fades and softens the edges. No misunderstanding about calling for extreme comfort of Standard , sofa designed by Francesco Binfaré for Edra. Thanks to the “Intelligent Cushion”, the backrest and armrests lose all rigidity and can be shaped with a slight movement of the hand to become low, high, sloping, enveloping.
A pervasive tendency for rounding extends to all areas of home decor. It is as if the inspiration of today’s designers and planners revolved around the style of the 50s and sixties of the last century, cultivating a tender nostalgia for the formidable years, charged with energy with their promises of well-being, hope and fulfilled desires. Thus, some successes from that period, examples of a pleasant elegance, have become a kind of talisman for this opaque present, protagonists in a cocoon style that traces the boundaries of our comfort zone within the domestic walls. However, we do not face a melancholy revival due to lack of action of innovative ideas. In design, looking back and tackling the past with renewed creativity is an exercise that requires culture, imagination and intuition, qualities that some producers demonstrate by successfully re-releasing some historical works. Like the refined desk D.847.1designed by Gio Ponti in the early post-war years, now re-edited thanks to Heritage Collection project by Molteni & C , in collaboration with Gio Ponti Archives. Belonging to the “bedroom of a bachelor”, presented at the Milan Triennial and at the XVI International Exhibition in Barcelona in ’48, it is in walnut with brass tips, an object with classic and at the same time innovative proportions, in the piece of curves and in the invention of An elegantly rounded drawer.