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12 / Bouclé      

   Bouclé, deriving from the French word ‘boucler’ meaning, ‘to curl’ is both a word for a type of yarn, and a type of fabric made from said yarn. A supremely soft, perm-like texture, anchored by different sized loops of supple, pliable fibre makes this fabric one of utmost luxury. This comforting, and effortlessly cosy material first made it’s way onto the interior design scene in the 1940s when Finnish-American architect and interior designer, Eero Saarinen was commissioned to design a chair for designer, Florence Knoll. The brief was simple “something I can curl up in” and thus set the ball rolling for a chair that embodied this request down to every stitch and pull of thread.

   This technique & treatment of fabric has found its way back into designer’s hearts and in 2020/21 and can be seen scrawled across the pages of VOGUE living and Architecture Digest publications,  covering furniture from armchairs to chaise lounges. For us, its creamy, plush exterior is appealing to our deep unwavering love for minimalism paired with our desire for boundless comfort. As we continue to watch the world from the safety of our homes, creating a warm, calming environment has become more important than ever - we are becoming ‘nesters’ retreating to our pockets of hibernation as the global pandemic maintains its momentum, investing in high-end pieces that elevate our living spaces.

    One of the main characteristics of contemporary bouclé covered furniture is their elegant curvature - their ease when it comes to almost invisible seams, rounded backs, and cloud-like tranquility. One of our favourite bouclé sofas on the market is by Palacios Furniture, in their Pascal Collection. Their elongated, slightly curved bouclé sofa is complete with two perfectly spherical cushions balancing at each end of the outstretched structure. Heaven.
    Reminiscent of 1970’s Italian luxury, there is a simplicity to bouclé at first glance; a glazing of flawless teddy-bear textile. The cream material, coating the smooth contours of big, beautiful furnishings. But on closer inspection, the yarn is exquisitely meticulous; looped and coiled into a tapestry of twisting wools and unruly threads that have been tamed and fastened into a compact web of deluxe texture.

      As well as being a staple interior design material, bouclé has also been celebrated by fashion couture giants such as Chanel. It is recorded that in the 1930s, Coco Chanel came across bouclé and used the wool technique in the makings of the famous Chanel jackets. The Chanel bouclé jackets drew on the feelings of freedom, allowing women the opportunity to feel unrestrained and above all else, comfortable.

   Like the earthy fleece of a lake district ewe, like a landscape of summer grain, the beauty of bouclé is heaven-like. Elegant, minimal, a champion of exquisite detail and a hero of luxurious comfort.