These ’70s-Inspired Pieces Are Ahead of the Curve
Retro designs, reimagined.
Published Feb 22, 2021 6:00 AM
Over the past few years, playful, curvaceous furniture has been finding its way into our homes and onto our Instagram feeds. And though much of the interest in organic shapes has been prompted by the popularity of late-1970s and ’80s postmodernism, rounded edges actually made appearances in earlier design periods, too (see: the bent plywood of Thonet chairs, the tubular steel of Cesca chairs, and the rounded-off wood of Charlotte Perriand’s free-form tables, all of which have been enjoying their own revivals).
With today’s appetite for unserious eclecticism that blends influences from across movements and decades, we’re rethinking how we add round shapes to our homes. Designed to make your space feel like the ultimate comfort zone, the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams spring 2021 collection includes a number of versatile serpentine shapes that fit right into any room. It’s time to forget the misconception that contemporary furniture is cold. These pieces prove that it can, in fact, be pretty cozy.
A Sofa That Looks Like a Cloud
Sinuous in shape, this sofa combines the comfort of a well-worn sweater (it’s seen here in a soft bouclé) with the elegance of a tailored suit. Plus the roomy seat is perfect for burrowing in with a book or full Netflix queue, with enough structure to keep you floating on—rather than sinking into—an island of comfort.
A Sculptural Seat That Hugs You
Add an instant note of cozy-retro cool with the ’70s-inspired Luna chair, a fresh take on familiar materials. Its curved back feels like a hug, and its comfortable seat invites you to stay. It’s one snug, groovy package.
An Accent Table That Gets Into the Groove
Side tables need not be leggy. At just under 2 feet high, this option is there when you need it and keeps a low profile when you don’t. Let its carved mango-wood shape add visual interest to a space that could use something solid.
A Waterfall Edge That Works Everywhere
The Harper desk’s dreamy shape makes it multifunctional: It acts as a solid surface for work as well as a stylish console in an entryway. Offered in ebonized or natural oak, its unexpected arches will lighten up any room—and add lots of surface area without lots of bulk. Even better? It looks good from every angle.
A Chair That Moves With Ease
Hidden casters make this dining chair ideal for leaning into late-night conversations in the living room or around the dinner table. (It also pairs well with a vanity or desk.) Shown in rich leather (but also available in fabric), it’s a plush little lap of luxury.
An Elliptical Headboard That Grabs the Eye
Whether you want an Art Deco look that’s straight out of the 1930s or a form-focused geometric backdrop for your sheets, this acts as a blank slate to create the bed of your dreams. The hand-tailored upholstery can be customized in 500-plus fabrics and 40-plus leathers (it’s seen here in Belgian linen), and the bed is available plain or channel tufted and in two heights.