My years as a furniture designer.
I was born in USSR and grew up during the fall of the Soviet era. That era was very square - like the Red Square. The shapes and designs in architecture, consumer and household items and furniture were all rectangular, more so rectangular than an old Volvo. Those shapes were very unforgiving and uncompromising. A desk or a chair would try to catch and bruise their owner. Anything more than a bare necessity was considered "frills".
When the Soviet Union collapsed artists and designers felt liberated and had a field day with shapes and forms. I have entered furniture design at precisely that time. My customers were looking for a new style, oblong or rounded shapes, irregular asymmetrical curves and there was a great demand and plenty of work for a professional with an eye for new, off the beaten track design.