April 2023 Issue
The Capsule Collection
Arches have been used in architecture and design for a few thousand years. Originally developed to build underground structures, an arch transfers weight and load to allow for large open spaces. Eventually arches were used to celebrate war victories and also to create domes for some of the most extraordinary churches, mosques, and other buildings in the world from Greece to Rome to Turkey to India. Arches even occur in nature. Over the millennia, decades, and years, arches have also influenced pattern and shape in interior decoration and design. Sometimes called pill or lozenge design, the capsule is having a moment. Again.
Rub a Dub Tub
Freestanding bathtubs are an obvious opportunity to introduce a capsule shape into home design. Practically, they are comfortable. Aesthetically, they are stunning. Available in natural stones, Corian and other synthetics, porcelain, and more, we encourage this bit of sculpture in your primary bathroom.
Our friends at Clé Tile have introduced an incredible capsule collection of…well….capsules. Available in luscious and luxurious natural marbles and stones, these pill-shaped tiles really make a space easy to swallow. We can’t help it! We love these shapes and materials.
Modern American kitchens are known to be utilitarian and based on right angles even when well-designed. Introducing a capsule-shaped or rounded-corner island will add softness and curve appeal let alone prevent you from clipping a corner as you walk around it. Look at these fabulous kitchen islands constructed from a variety of materials.
Capsule or pill-shaped furniture has been in the modern design lexicon for a long time. Think Saarinen oval dining tables (which by the way were designed at almost the same time as the Saarinen-designed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Interesting.) In the last few years, furniture designers have really found their curves and have designed some gorgeous pieces. From lighting to mirrors and case goods to lounge seating, a little curve really softens a space.
Interior Matter IRL
Interior Matter has had the privilege to design and install the model unit in DC’s most exciting new condo building, Amaris. Located at the new section of the Wharf and designed by recently deceased, Uruguayan-born world famous architect, Rafael Vigñoly, the distinctive curved glass of the building echoes the waves along the Potomac River. Talk about curve appeal! Washingtonian Magazine recently profiled the building and in part highlights some of the photos from the Interior Matter model unit. Below are some additional photos. If you’re interested in the building, then please contact the Amaris Sales Gallery (also designed by Interior Matter).