Upholstery in the Round

wacky striped donut poufs

What is it about round objects? They seem to have a special allure – maybe it’s the return back to the beginning point that all circles, spheres and donuts have. Upholstery has a naturally comfortable relationship with curves, but when it comes to circularity, it’s a love affair! I’ve gathered a few examples of chairs and sofas that inspire contemplation of that universal connection.


woman in large round chair

Fama MyNest Chair –

serpentine sofa - aqua

Contemporary sofa by Barry Davison and Joanne Day –


Barrel chairs built from real wine barrels

Barrel Chairs by Nevada designer Harriette Allison

striped donut poufs

Donut shaped ‘Drops Pouf’ by Camilla Hounsell Halvorsen

Jacobsen Egg Chair - turquoise

Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair

octopus sofa

Aster Papposus Sofa – designed by Campana Brothers Humberto and Fernando –

floral shaped round pouf

Bakja pouf –


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CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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