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How to get ahead of the de­sign curve

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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.

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