From classic Greece to today's clean contemporary designs, curves in furniture and architectural mill work add a grace and softness that most boxy designs don't have. The rounded corners and faces both convex and concave make the furniture or built-in cabinetry more comfortable to walk around or to sit in, not to mention an appearance that helps to break up the hard straight lines everywhere around us.
As a furniture designer/maker I have incorporated curves in French, Italian, Spanish, Neo-Classic, Arts and Crafts, and contemporary designs to name a few. Curved lines take more experience that only a master furniture maker can accomplish successfully. I use many techniques depending on the design. Steam bending, laminating bending, and saw or shaped curves are often used in combination. Here are a few examples of curves in my work.
Contemporary Bench in Maple for The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Staircase made of English Brown Oak and Hand-Forged Iron
Neo-Classic Master Bath Cabinet in Birds-Eye Maple
Country French China Cabinet in Walnut, Hand-carved
Entryway with Hand-Carved Dolphins
Contemporary Benches in Teak for The Getty Museum in Los Angeles
Spanish Revival Bar and Stools
Kitchen Island with hand-carved ducks, cherry wood