When talking about furniture and accessory design, we tend to categorize these into materials: wood, metal, glass, fabric, resin. But have we ever referred to the pieces by their surface finishes, or how these look—and feel—to us?
Tactility has been big in interiors and product design this year, according to this trend report by internationally renowned creative director and former editor of Elle Decoration UK Michelle Ogundehin.
In her trend report for design site Dezeen, Ogundehin says that the hectic pace of our digital life has resulted in our craving for tactile surfaces—having something soft, curvy, smooth, ridged, or grainy to touch for comfort. This tactility, according to the article, triggers the production of oxytocin, the love hormone, and also lowers stress.
The varied textures of these objects not only offer tactile comfort, but visual stimulation, as well. Undulating waves carved into wood, smooth glass combined with nubby, twisted wire, repetitive patterns of wooden scraps all contribute to each piece’s unique design, making these accent pieces that would stand out in any space.