If the pandemic taught us one thing, it is that home is more than a place where we sleep. It can be a workplace, an entertainment centre, and, more importantly, it is our solace against the harshness of the world. In a time when we could all use a little more softness and comfort, trends are changing cap from minimalism and sterile to coziness and embracing the mess.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that boucle furniture, along with curved design, is making a strong comeback.
What is boucle?
Boucle upholstery finds its roots back in the 1940s, when Eero Saarinen designed the ‘Womb Chair’ for Florence Knoll as the perfect chair to “really curl up in.” He chose a nubby fabric to accompany the cozy, curved chair to complete the relaxing sensory experience.
Boucle fabric (from the French word meaning curly) is a textured textile made of curled fibres. Both rugged and comforting, it has been a staple in midcentury modern furniture and soft industrial design ever since as it combines the utilitarian and elegance proper to these styles.
How to include boucle furniture in your home?
It is not a hazard that the popularity of boucle fabric skyrocketed in the 2020s along with curved furniture and more comforting styles. Boucle fabric has been a match made in heaven with curvilinear furniture since its inception, thanks to its weight and retro appeal.
Boucle Furniture in the Living Room
If you want to make your living room as cozy and inviting as possible, then boucle furniture should be on your radar. With its soft curves and playful aspect, the Phoebe collection is as eye-catching as it is comfortable. It is available in a cozy armchair, comfortable two- or three-seater sofa, and an ottoman so you can mix and match with your existing furniture or give your living room a right-on-trend upgrade with the complete set.
Boucle fabric can also provide a welcome refresh to an otherwise classic style, as is the case with our Jasper sofa. It features a streamlined silhouette perfect for mid-century modern or minimalist abodes. But it's its boucle slipcover – which is removable and machine washable for added convenience – adds a cozy touch to its sober elegance.
Boucle Furniture in the Home Office
Your home office may be where productivity is the goal. But who could not use a little bit of comfort in the middle of a hard day? Our Cammy boucle swivel chair is a cozy and convenient alternative to a traditional office chair. Not only is it more aesthetically pleasing than its alter ego, but it gives you the same mobility and comfort.
And if your home office could use a cozy corner for long phone calls and much-needed coffee breaks, we recommend our Kora single sofa bed. It will also transform your home office into a welcoming guest room in an instant whenever needed.