Com­fort Zone

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The hottest fur­ni­ture de­signs for 2018 cel­e­brate rest and quiet, rounder and softer shapes, and sooth­ing and co­coon­ing pieces. Get ready to hi­ber­nate.

At Paris De­sign Week this Septem­ber, the theme for the in­flu­en­tial de­sign show Mai­son et Ob­jet was “com­fort zone,” a re­sponse to the “dis­com­fort zones of an un­sta­ble and in­se­cure world,” says show co­or­di­na­tor Marie-Jo Malait. It’s a theme that’s in­flu­enced fur­ni­ture de­sign for 2018, with rounder, softer shapes, and sooth­ing, co­coon­ing pieces that, more than ever, make home a sanc­tu­ary.


Emer­ald is go­ing to be strong this year (see “Green Piece, page 44), and com­fort also looks to green­ery as sanc­tu­ary: “Green­house homes and pas­sive houses are just wait­ing to be filled with a glo­ri­ous Eden,” says Malait. Lush gar­den and jun­gle mo­tifs are in, like de Gour­nay’s Rousseau wall­pa­per with its flora and fauna in­spired by the 19th- cen­tury French artist Henri Rousseau. De­signer Chris­tian Lacroix brings this to full Edenic glory with his screen for the Roche-Bobois Nou­veaux Clas­siques Col­lec­tion (left). Paired with the burst­ing petals of the Bloom lounge chair by Ken­neth Cobon­pue (be­low), it’s an at-home ar­bore­tum and in­door idyll.

Mai­son Lacroix screen from the Nou­veaux Clas­siques Col­lec­tion by Roche- Bobois, $13,170,; Bloom lounge chair by Ken­neth Cobon­pue, $4,875, bloom fur­ni­turestu­


Part of the back- to- bolder and more- melan­cholic trends, mar­ble is mak­ing a resur­gence. And at NYCxDe­sign 2017, state­ment pieces like Al­lied Maker’s carved- al­abaster light totem and Marie-Vic­toire Winck­ler’s mar­ble vases her­alded the come­back of stone. Another such mono­lith, the Ilary side ta­ble by Jean- Marie Mas­saud for Poltrona Frau (be­low), is sculpted en­tirely from mar­ble.

Ilary side ta­ble by JeanMarie Mas­saud for Poltrona Frau, $9,360, liv­


If 2017 was in the pink (with pale “mil­len­nial pink” still hold­ing strong), 2018 is all emer­ald, go­ing even deeper and more ex­otic than Pan­tone’s 2017 colour of the year, Green­ery. As re­ported by the New York Times at Salone del Mo­bile, green was “ev­ery­where, but in a darker and richer tone that is closer to emer­ald” and was a nod to another time, or “echo of Deco.” Here, get back to virid­ian na­ture by tread­ing atop the Sea Floor Mud rug by Zoë Luyendijk (bot­tom).

Sea Floor Mud rug by Zoë Luyendijk, $24,550,


The com­fort quo­tient con­tin­ues with tac­tile, tex­tu­ral el­e­ments: deep­pile car­pet, wool and vel­vet ma­te­ri­als, tufted and quilted pat­terns. There’s even seat­ing com­posed of stuffed an­i­mals, which “clearly be­trays our need for nest­ing,” says François Bernard, scenog­ra­pher for Mai­son et Ob­jet. “Nowa­days, a com­fort­able chair should be a sort of anti-shock pod. We like to nes­tle in folds of fab­ric as thick as du­vets. The ideal chair is ba­si­cally a cush­ion propped up on four legs!” Ikea’s PS 2017 cor­ner easy chair of­fers a rather lit­eral take made of pil­lows—18 of them.

PS 2017 cor­ner chair, $274,


Com­fort also trans­lates into a sim­plic­ity of de­sign and a lux­u­ri­ous min­i­mal­ism in fur­ni­ture that co­coons and wraps to in­vite re­flec­tion and med­i­ta­tion. Soft, giv­ing so­fas and en­velop­ing chairs are up­hol­stered in heav­ier fab­rics like vel­vet or wool, which ab­sorb sound. Winged chairs like the Hide­out lounge chair by Swedish de­sign trio Front cre­ate a place for in­ti­mate reverie.

Hide­out lounge chair by Front, from $6,130, in­forminte­ri­

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