The desire to escape symmetry is as old as time itself. However, as a design idea, it really got going in the mid-century, when Verner Panton decided to create the cantilevered Panton chair out of a single piece of plastic. In doing away with the need for joins and bolts, Panton struck upon a smooth new design language that went above and beyond accepted typologies.
It’s this wonderfully sinuous style that characterises retrofuturist interiors. The edges are rounded and the silhouettes squidgy, creating a fluid yet futuristic appearance. Meanwhile, half-moon sofas and puddle-shaped chaises huddle together in stylish congregations, their generous silhouettes helping to create an inviting, relaxed atmosphere.
In their swooping drops and low backs, they represent an attempt by designers to draw out a new way of living, one that can keep up with all the myriad ways in which we are now connecting.