This Celeb-Approved Sofa Shape Is Growing in Popularity

published Jun 4, 2023
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 Forget green velvet couches — these days, celebrities are opting for a trendy style: kidney bean-shaped sofas. Named for their resemblance to the bean of the same name, these chic couches have recently been spotted in the homes of A-listers like Khloé Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, and Kate Hudson.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time that kidney bean-shaped sofas and other curved furniture have infiltrated the zeitgeist. The style has roots in the maximalist design trends of the 1970s and 1980s. As a 2020 Curbed article notes, maximalism was largely popularized by the Pattern & Decoration movement, a group of artists who challenged the “exclusionary and Eurocentric” nature of minimalism at the time by creating an aesthetic marked by its eccentric patterns and bold colors.

However, as U.K.-based furniture retailer DFS notes, today’s kidney bean-shaped sofas are now available in an array of trendy contemporary colors. For examples, look no further than this deep orange Wayfair offering or this blush pink TOV Furniture sofa.

Ironically, many modern-day curved sofas incorporate more minimalist elements, opting for muted tones that are more in line with what you’d expect from, say, a monochromatic Kardashian home.

All three celebrities mentioned have gone for more neutral-colored kidney bean-shaped sofas: Khloé’s comes in gray with two matching pillows, Hudson’s is made from linen beige materials, and Teigen’s has creamy bouclé fabric.

In Hudson’s case, having a more minimalist sofa allows her outfits to pop. In the Instagram post, the actress sports a bright-orange ensemble, which stands out all the more amidst her neutrally colored living room.

As she puts it in her caption: “Last night I dreamt I was swimming in orange soda. It turned out to be a ‘fanta-sea.’”