Trend-spotting: Why designers are loving soft silhouettes and embracing curves

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When it comes to organic architecture, technology has played a very good role in promoting. “Software that brings convenience to 3D modeling and new technologies enables people to bring ideas to life,” Soneji believes. “The widespread use of parametric forms and shapes in architecture and interiors is one of the best examples of how curves can be incorporated into modern design today.”

DIG Architects’ Fillet Haus (named in design terms for the junction of curved two planes or rounded corners) is a striking example of “interior architecture” that explores soft edges and contours on a macro and micro level – From an element that is hinged to be smooth, almost oval, to a seamless skin that wraps the room with barely visible hard edges. “It’s a divided apartment with hard corners,” said studio co-founder Amit Khanolkar. “One way to open up the apartment is to soften these edges to make way for better circulation. This happens at the shell level and at the furniture level. The resulting volume is a fluid, free-flowing space.”

DIG Architects designed Fillet Haus as a series of circular forms at macro and micro levels. The curved wall profile provides a certain directionality that guides the user into the apartment. Photo: Photographix India/Sebastian Zachariah.

Context is King

The bottom line for a more meaningful and engaging space is to take a contextual and customer-centric approach to design responsiveness — something that was underscored by all the experts we spoke to. From that point of view, and even more so in terms of planning, they say it would be a little off to see “the uptick in the curve” as a trend. This becomes especially important when it comes to families. “Homes are designed to cater to specific lifestyles and personalities. And everyone is different; that’s the real beauty,” said Mansi and Sanjay Newaskar of Sanjay Newaskar Designs LLP. One of their most recent assignments involved designing twin houses for two siblings, both with very different briefs. The older brother wants a classic home, and the younger brother wants a modern home. “So in this case, we responded differently to two identical sites. When we thought about modern, we thought about organic forms, vertical groove patterns in wood combined with flowing concrete walls.” Also , Studio Infinity’s curved wall office project responds to tight space and high seating requirements. “A curved wall that spans the entire office gave us much-needed relief from space,” Kothawade noted.

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