Curved Walls


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The spaces we occupy tend to be orthogonal by design – homes are often boxes and rectangles. But in the world of interior architecture, curves are making moves, softening right angles and bringing sculptural lines to straightforward layouts.

Curves are not a brand new interior design trend – we’ve all seen indoor arches and columns, after all. But a certain fluidity, especially when it comes to interior walls, is increasingly drawn to contemporary design, countering standard blueprints dominated by straight lines (which are often easier and cheaper to construct) with rounder, cozier forms.

‘Because organic shapes and roundness soften interiors, they are associated with a contemporary style that often breaks with classic styles such as Haussmannian,’ says Paris’ Florence Jallet of Batiik Studio, noting her city’s ubiquitous architectural style. These softer layouts aren’t just about aesthetics – wall curvatures look good because they feel good, wrapping us in the types of soothing lines and shapes we find in nature. This, according to many designers, can have an impact on our wellbeing.

‘As someone who values the role of design in promoting wellness, I firmly believe that incorporating a curved element into a space can have a profound impact on our state of mind,’ says Maggie Mo, co-founder of Hong Kong’s Starz Pasha. ‘It’s no secret that spending time in natural surroundings can help us feel calm, peaceful, and rejuvenated.’