The designer trend of 2022 - Boucle Furniture & Boucle Chair
Year 2021 has shown a sudden shift in furniture upholstery, the trending fabric of choice has shifted from trusty cotton and linen to Boucle. Lost in 1940s design trends, the fabric has found itself being used in furniture upholstery, specially on accent furniture.
What is Boucle?
Boucle has a French origin, simply meaning “loop”. Boucle is characterised by the texture it has due the way the yarn is looped, creating a fleecy and cosy feel. It gives a “sheepskin” feel without using the sheepskin.
Boucle’ is generally made from wool, but increasingly there are other materials and combinations being tried to create this fabric. Due to the way it's created, it hardly wrinkles, making it perfect for upholstery.
Boucle furniture has been in trend since the 1940s. Famous Finnish-American architect and industrial designer Eero Saarinen designed the groundbreaking Womb Chair at Florence Knoll's request for "a chair that was like a basket full of pillows - something she could really curl up in." This mid-century classic supports countless positions and offers a comforting oasis of calm—hence the name. The rise of fame for the boucle happened when it was used to upholster the womb chair.
When the pandemic was taking over the world, there was a shift in the attitude of the people towards residential furniture- to have comfort over style, which resulted in the resurgence of the materials and designs we were used to in the past(one’s childhood). Going retro made it easy to find more sculptural, organic and curvy furniture finished in the cosiest of the fabric - boucle.
Is there anything better-a space to cocoon yourself in, that too in the most plush, warm and home-y fabric? I guess not. I was quite ahead of the boucle furniture trend, and scored myself a beautiful off-white boucle accent chair with matching footrest(quite unusual for me- as I am indecisive and never an impulse buyer, this hardly took me 5 minutes to order). It’s all of our favourites, specially our toddler’s, who has a name for it- ‘baa-baa sheep chair’.
Ready to turn up the home style game? Let’s take a look at my boucle’ furniture favourites that are designed to make a statement, not hide in the background.
- Boucle Chair
- Boucle Sofas
- Boucle Dining Chairs
- Boucle Bed
- Boucle Home Decor Accessories
Be it in linear designs or wrapped up in a cocooned design, boucle chairs look sexy (I have never used sexy to describe a furniture before!) and stunning. Usually available in neutral lighter colours- white, off-white and cream, which makes it quite easy to style. Boucle armchairs are now available in darker colours as well- colours like rust, terracotta, brown and grey are rising in popularity.
Biggest tip when it comes to styling a boucle chair is to mix up textures- as the boucle is quite busy with texture, paired with soft and smooth throws in little to no pattern fabrics, preferably cotton or linen.
Because of the nature of the fabric and its usual shades, Boucle chairs also contrast the bling and glitz of jewel tones and metallic accents like gold, bronze, brass well adding opulence and style without being too loud.
If you are a bit more enthusiastic about the fabric, you can always choose boucle sofas. Just like boucle chairs, boucle sofas and sofabeds provide a style quotient without compromising on comfort.
Light neutral colours which were always avoided for formal dining spaces are now the trendiest colours for dining chairs and boucle dining chairs are leading the pack. These boucle dining chairs complement not only art deco decor styles, it's so versatile- it can be used in a varied decor style- traditional or modern without compromising on style, warmth and cohesiveness of the space. I personally love boucle chairs, especially for the winter season- for the christmas and holiday dinners.
Boucle headboards and boucle beds are the hottest new trend in the bedroom. Luxe minimalist looks it gives to the space makes it a crowd favourite.
If you are not sure about investing on a large and substantial piece of furniture for the love of boucle fabric, consider purchasing smaller accessories like boucle pouffe (your feet will thank you) or boucle cushions.
How to care for Boucle furniture?
Since Boucle has a texture, it is ideal to pick up larger pieces of items and then focus on dust and stains, if any. Vacuuming regularly using the proper attachment helps to avoid pilling.
For stains and cleaning, it is always best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Treat the stain promptly as longer it stays on any fabric, more difficult it would be to remove it.
Even though boucle is a strong fabric, as we would not be aware as to the nature of the lining used and mix of fabric used to make the boucle, it would be best advised to stay away from solvent based cleaners, try cleaning the spot with water based cleanser after doing a patch test in an inconspicuous area. Refrain from over using cleaners and water as it can damage the fabric and the structure of the furniture.
Never use steam/ direct heat to clean the fabric as it can leave more stain. Never use cleansers containing bleach as this can lead to discolouration.
If you are unsure how to, always get help from professional cleaning services. Most importantly, always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
The variety of shapes, versatility of design, tactile perception of softness and the fluidity of padding the fabric offers makes boucle furniture different from traditional furniture. The muted minimalist appeal without compromising on the luxury and comfort of look and feel of the fabric, boucle is definitely a bang on for money trend which we love and approve of. I am sure you would too.