Forget the rigour of minimalism and the neat details of Scandinavian modern. The latest stylish interiors are shunning uniformity to embrace wonky shapes and wobbly lines. Designers are celebrating the irregularity of the hand finished, unrefined edges and joins that are intentionally visible to the eye.
But unlike wabi-sabi, the Japanese celebration of an object’s flaws, there’s purpose to this imperfection. It is a kind of curated inconsistency that works best when styled against an opposing polished surface or a poker-straight line. We’ve selected five of the hottest examples.
Over-dyeing, the use of natural fibres and handmade Berber weaves are all rug treatments guaranteed to bring characterful irregularity to your environment, but the latest way to stir things up underfoot is to choose a free-form shape. At Nodus, Sam Baron gives us organic realism with a piece designed to look like a cluster of leaves. There are punched-out holes and beautiful asymmetry in the rugs of French designer Garance Vallée for Nordic Knots, while unusual shapes and jagged edges are the order of the day at CC-Tapis.