How to get ahead of the design curve
Builders don’t tend to like curves. Squared edges are easier — and cheaper — to execute and, as a result, have dominated construction for decades.
But the shapes that were last seen gracing archways in the 1980s are now once again edging their way back into all aspects of residential design — and we may well be better off for it.
From all angles
As human beings, we’re not really built for sharp corners. Rounded edges and curves make for easier movement through rooms, particularly spaces with a lot of traffic such as kitchens and living areas.
As house sizes shrink, the benefits of softening the edges to allow for a more natural flow through spaces is obvious but there are plenty of design advantages to creating rounder edges where it was once hard angles.
Indeed, a curved edge on a kitchen benchtop, a bathroom basin or an oversized modular sofa provides the perfect counterpoint to the hard corners of the room, making it a warmer and more inviting space to be in.
Fittings with rounded edges such as basins, sinks and perhaps even surface materials are all a little easier to keep clean without the need to get into angled crevices.
Even the much maligned brick archway is gaining a new legion of fans as high-end architects such as Renato D’Ettorre use curved entranceways to break up strong lines and hard materials. It’s time to start loving those curves. In fact, curves make perfect sense in the bathroom where space is tight.
This vanity and hand basin (at right) by Caroma, uses curves to give a nod to vintage style.
An extension to a terrace house designed by architect Renato D’Ettorre (far right), breaks up a long hallway with a classic brick archway.
More: caroma.com.au; carter williamson.com; dettorrearchitects.com.au; minosa.com.au
A curved entry to this kitchen (above) by Minosa Design makes for an easier flow in a busy workspace. This extension to a terrace house (right) designed by architect Renato D’Ettore breaks up a long hallway with a classic brick archway. This vanity and hand basin by Caroma (far right) uses curves to create a sense of space and gives a nod to vintage style.