18 Cushy Rooms That Rock the Fat Furniture Trend

With their soft, organic shapes and plump proportions, these sofas and chairs are begging us to sink right in.
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Counterbalancing clean lines and angular geometry, the fat furniture trend embraces the power of the curve. These soft, childlike, amoebic designs feel strongly inspired by ’70s decor and bring a bit of whimsy and comfort into any space. Here are a few of our favorite examples of interiors that cuddle up with chubby couches.

Fashion Designer Lisa Perry’s Pop Art–Inspired Palm Beach Estate

An undulating, ivory sofa gets prime placement right in the middle of Lisa Perry’s living room.

In the living room a 1940s curvilinear, white mohair Italian sofa is paired with the Vladmir Kagan armchair, a lacquered brass Willy Rizzo coffee table from the 1970s, and an Arlus floor light from the 1960s. 

The open-concept office features multiple rooms and seating areas, including this lounge and high-top table for meetings in front of the windows. "Adding break-out spaces help to give it that informal feel, almost like a home-away-from-home," says interior designer Ginny Macdonald. 

David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill, the couple behind architecture practice Liddicoat & Goldhill, built their four-story, asymmetrical home topped with a steeply slanted roof on a narrow, irregularly shaped site within London's Victoria Park neighbourhood. It flaunts ample glazing and a mix of textures like exposed brickwork, stainless steel, and Rhodesian mahogany.

On the opposite side of the dining area is the living room, which features an ethanol-burning fireplace. Tall, 18-foot ceilings create a dramatic sense of space, while large, in-swing French doors extend the living area out onto a rooftop patio.

Entering the home leads to a large living room located at the back. Foor-to-ceiling windows and skylights flood the space in natural light, which is enhanced by the white interior and new French oak floors.

The primary color palette, which privileges red, blue, green, and yellow tones, "is rooted in the childlike, human instinct to be kind and open," says Lifehood founder Amy Krofchick. "The color also reflects our love of everything California—ocean, sun, foliage, sunsets, and sunrises."

The modern renovation is largely the work of local firm Reigo & Bauer, who incorporated bright colors and sculptural forms to reshape the home. Their love of highly textured fabrics is evident in their selection of diverse furnishings.

"The integrity of the plan and detailing reflect the modernist ideas of minimalism and functionality," says Mike Piche, principal of Studio B. "We wanted to achieve an architecture that was simple, functional, and beautiful."

The dining table was crafted from a single 4-by-8 sheet of walnut. The chairs, designed by Shin Okuda, are from Waka Waka in Los Angeles.

After an 18-month build, a four-story home with open and airy living spaces rose from the compact, 2,000-square-foot lot. Designer Yulie Wollman’s concept—a sleek, industrial villa—unifies two homes through materials and color. 

The brick wall at the front of the apartment is painted black to dissolve the window frames and emphasize the view. The living space features Togo couches by Ligne Roset.

Within the walls of this updated 1920s Spanish Colonial home is a world-class art collection that includes the work of James Turrell and Jenny Holzer. The Los Angeles getaway, designed by Síol Studios, was renovated to embody indoor/outdoor living while maintaining the original charm with beautiful bones and arched windows.

"This interior eschews the cliched ‘industrial’ warehouse aesthetic and ubiquitous ‘Sydney’ design approach (read: natural/sea side/light, bright, and airy), offering a fresh, yet site-specific take on the warehouse conversion category."

On the other side of the bathroom "box" is a lounge with a lofted reading room. The space also serves as the perfect play room.

This 4,500-square-foot house was designed and built for a family of four. It is situated at the intersection of two large farm fields and a small naturally occurring basin in Sagaponack, New York. 

In the warm interior of the X House in Hennepin, Illinois, Diane Pascal and Thomas Richie enjoy the view from their boiled-wool Ligne Roset couch in the main living area, where wood paneling on the ceiling and walls mirrors the topography of the landscape. A gauzy green curtain adds a moment of color to the scheme.

Minimalist yet cozy, this cluster-style home in a Norwegian forest offers plenty of nooks to get comfortable in.




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