The Shape of the Season Is Obviously the Wave
Get ahead of the curve.
Published Jul 15, 2019 7:00 AM
Summer is in full swing and surf’s up—but the waves we’re most interested in these days have nothing to do with tides. Wavy furniture and decor is slowly but surely taking over, and we can’t get enough of it. It’s hard to resist something that’s the decorative equivalent of an afternoon spent admiring the ocean from under a big fringe-covered umbrella.
We’ve seen plenty of curvaceous furniture and even more experimental shapes gain traction this year, but wavy furniture offers a more carefree vibe. In New Orleans’s Maison de la Luz hotel, designed by Studio Shamshiri, bespoke squiggly headboards provide a fluid contrast to the straightforward, all-white bedspreads. In shaving brand Billie’s new HQ, wavy desk legs are a whimsical surprise in the otherwise sleek and modern workspace.
“We wanted to incorporate unexpected, playful touches to transform what, at first glance, might seem like a clean, minimalist office into a space that inspires optimism, creativity, and play,” says Billie cofounder Georgina Gooley. “We worked with interior designer Michael Yarinsky, who was able to balance function and fun with custom components, including those wiggle-shaped desk legs. We loved how the shapes felt feminine and fluid with a touch of unexpected cheekiness.”
If you can’t go the custom route, never fear—though this trend is just starting out (at low tide, if you will), you can still find pieces that go with this particular flow. Just look at Bend Goods’s aptly named Wave Table and try to resist dipping into your savings to nab it ASAP. If you really want to ride this wave (sorry), you can easily do it in ways both subtle and dramatic.
If you want to make big waves…
These furniture pieces are guaranteed conversation starters, and this bedspread will have you nodding off in no time.
If you want to make small waves…
Subtle accents, like trays and a vase, are an easy way to bring this groovy trend into your home without going overboard (pun absolutely intended).