How to Get the Curved Couch Look

In the sofa game, nobody wants to play it straight anymore.


Wander into a furniture store today, and you’ll likely notice some sofas that look as soft, rounded and cuddly as a stuffed animal. Although the curves seem very contemporary, the sofa that inspired it all dates back over 70 years.

Jean Royère, a Parisian decorator and furniture designer, introduced the Polar Bear sofa in 1947. Today, the originals are highly coveted by collectors and sell for as much as $700,000.

If you like the look but lack a six-figure budget, no worries. We’ve gathered a variety of interpretations of the trend at friendlier prices.

1. Polar Bear Sofa


If you want to get as close to the original as possible, you can’t do better than this.

Photo courtesy of  France Anderson



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2. Louna Plush Sofa


This pleated-back style exudes a laid-back, casual vibe.

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel

3. Sylvain Sofa


The Sylvain riffs off the Royère, edging it ever-so-slightly into the 21st century.

Photo courtesy of RH

4. Gus Modern Circuit Modular Sectional

$4,040 (AS SHOWN)

Each module of this sectional is sold separately, allowing you to customize it to your space.

Photo courtesy of Cream City Restoration

5. Roma 3-Piece Sectional Sofa


Sleek lines give this sectional a slightly more formal feeling.

Photo courtesy of CB2


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Editor-in-chief Carole Nicksin has worked in publishing for over 20 years. Prior to joining the staff of Milwaukee Magazine, she was the style director at All You, a Time Inc. publication. She also served as decorating editor at Home magazine. Carole has written for the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, InStyle and numerous other publications.