We see how seven architects and designers have written curves into their design ethos.
Nearly 2000 years have passed since the arches of the Colosseum were built, and architects and interior designers are still discovering new and inventive ways to incorporate curves into their work. Among them is Sydney-based architect Luigi Rosselli, who expresses, “You look in nature and you see curves everywhere. Why do we have to have everything orthogonal and edgy and angular? Smooth and fluid corners make movement from A to B far easier.”
In Luigi’s work, curves manifest in archways, stairwells, walls and pools. For others, they might take the form of a kitchen island or custom living room nook. The possibilities of curves are infinite, making them appealing for a number of different reasons. In order to gain a well-rounded understanding of these reasons, we’re going to examine the work of seven architects and interior designers who demonstrate a proclivity for curves.
Susi Leeton Architects + Interiors
In an interview last year, Melbourne-based architect Susi Leeton told est, “I absolutely love the fluidity and beauty a sculptural staircase creates in a space. They are pure sculpture to me, like a ribbon connecting the levels.” More of Susi’s projects include a sculptural staircase than not, and each is finished in polished plaster to accentuate its curved shape. Susi’s penchant for curves doesn’t stop at staircases – she’s also incorporated them into archways, interior walls and showers.
Luigi Rosselli Architects
A cross-section of Luigi Rosselli Architects’ projects will reveal the firm’s fearless approach to curves. “Curves are one element of geometry that I’m not afraid to use,” Luigi says. “Many of my projects have curved corners or walls, but softly done so that it creates a fluidity of movement.” For designers like Luigi, curves have become a hallmark, setting their work apart from those still favouring straight lines and angular shapes.
Jolson Architecture and Interiors
With a body of work that is defined by simplicity and fluidity of form, it comes as no surprise that Melbourne-based studio Jolson frequently call on curves. Whether it’s a spiral staircase, a caved skylight or a dramatic archway, their curves are often intentionally exaggerated to encourage deep engagement with the architecture.
Parallels can often be drawn between nature and Melbourne-based studio Mim Design’s projects. In their Horizon Flinders project, for example, a curved kitchen island bench is intended to mimic a gentle wave form, reinforced by the materials of white and green stone. Spiral staircases are also a recurrent theme across their projects – drawing the eye to create visual interest and drama in a space.
Athens-based architects K-Studio often incorporate curves into their work to honour and preserve traditional Greek architecture. In their Villa Vora project, for example, a series of internal archways and rounded enclaves typify Santorini’s historic buildings. Similarly, in their Kálesma project, chubby white shapes and smooth edges mirror the vernacular of the Greek islands.
Amsterdam, Paris and Ibiza-based Framework Studio pride themselves on marrying natural and built forms. For this reason, when presented with an opportunity to smooth out an edge or round a corner, they’ll often take it, which in turn leads to some unexpectedly beautiful moments – like the organic-shaped aperture in their Residential N.561 project or the vaulted ceiling design of their Can Brut project.
Rob Kennon Architects
When it comes to curves, Fitzroy-based practice Rob Kennon Architects will try their hand at almost anything – from the curved sofa in their Waffle House project to the large-scale circular extension of their Elwood Bungalow project. But, no matter their scale, the curves accommodate the studio’s desire to realise captivating and dynamic spaces. As seen in their Collingwood Apartment, curves can maximise space available by creating efficient circulation.