When considering all the key elements of an exceptional design, texture is undoubtedly a core component. Engaging with our sense of touch as well as our sense of sight, texture often determines the personality that a design will take on, and changes the way the design feels when used. From wood and stone to metal and upholstery, many different materials can be used to create a sense of smoothness and softness in a design, while still offering elegance, style, comfort, and functionality. This week, we’re highlighting five soft, smooth designs to help take the edge off.
SOFFIO FLOOR FROSTED
Giopato & Coombes
In addition to emitting a beautifully soft and ambient light, the frosted glass of the Soffio Floor lamp carries its own sense of smoothness, as the frosted texture blurs and softens the light source within the glass. Featuring sleek brass hardware and a gorgeous, smooth marble base, available in black marquina or white statuario marble, the lamp harmoniously incorporates a variety of materials. The design concept was inspired by the lightness of soap bubbles, which contributes to the design’s refreshing approach to minimalism, and is available in two different heights to best fit your space and preferences. 
BRUTUS
BassamFellows
Perfectly exhibiting the beauty and depth of solid wood furniture, Brutus was thoroughly and extensively thought out by the designers, intentionally emphasizing certain sculptural elements, incorporating an elevated yet familiar concept but updated with an organic smoothness. Additionally, the Vienna caning of the chair’s seat adds contrasting texture and pattern, adding a new dimension to an already dynamic design. In keeping with BassamFellows’ unwavering commitment to creating exceptional designs from start to finish, Brutus is manufactured with the utmost care using expert manufacturing techniques and the highest quality materials. Available with or without armrests.
EROS OCCASIONAL TABLE
Angelo Mangiarotti
Nothing compares to the sleekness and elegance of smooth, polished marble, and few designs showcase this stunning material like the Eros Occasional Table. Striking from any angle and in any room, this impressive table speaks for itself and was designed by iconic Italian architect, Angelo Mangiarotti. The design’s sculpturesque presence makes it an instant statement piece, and in elegant marble, Eros is built to be admired for a lifetime and passed on from one generation to the next. Available in Carrara marble, grey Carnic marble, green Alpi marble, Emperador Dark marble, or black Marquinia marble, and in a wide range of shapes and sizes.
TRIANGLE
Aldo Bakker
Dutch designer Aldo Bakker is known for his uncompromising approach to design, creating furniture that genuinely looks like nothing we’ve ever seen before—many of which are produced by our good friends at Karakter. TriAngle is a perfect example of his work, consisting of 12 triangular elements cut to fit together like puzzle pieces. Made entirely out of smooth, natural ash, the final product reveals a square stool or side table with a distinguished and very precise look. The sharp corners and visible cuts will become softer and gain patina over time, making wear and decay a very essential part of this design’s identity, and breathing life into an already innovative concept.
CDC.1 LOUNGE
Carlo De Carli
Craving somewhere soft to relax? CDC.1 is a magnificently elegant lounge chair, sporting smooth curves and undeniable mid century appeal. Initially designed in 1954, this graceful and slender chair has a defined presence while still offering unmatched comfort. A chic and exciting addition to any modern environment, the CDC.1 allows you to lounge peacefully, and for extended periods of time. Whether you’re enjoying a drink with friends, immersed in a good book, or simply in need of a comfortable seat to rest sore muscles, the CDC.1 lounge chair will meet all of these needs in timeless style.