Designing with Texture

By Oliver Burns

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February 19, 2013|

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  • ithout texture a room will have the same visual tone and tactile feel throughout which can make it feel flat & uninviting. To avoid this there are lots of ways texture can be introduced into your scheme and for me it’s at the heart of any successful interior. The most obvious way to do this is with fabrics; cushions, throws and rugs in unusual materials and textures like faux fur, mohair, and suede all have a lux quality to them that beg to be touched. When it’s time to dress a room one of my favourite places to go for interesting cushions & accessories is Fendi Casa, who have a unique approach to combining fabrics, elevating texture and something as simple as a cushion to completely new heights.
Image sourced via Fendi Casa

Taking inspiration from the clothing collections launched every season by Fendi, Fendi Casa reinterpret high fashion materials through furniture design and detailing to produce exquisite furniture & home accessories. With a renowned heritage inspired by the Roman saddlery craft the brand’s upholstered pieces often incorporate hand-sewn features using the finest of materials. From fur throws, to leather drawer handles inspired by the brands iconic handbag clasps, to cushions and rugs encrusted with Swarovski crystal, texture is at the heart of this luxury brands aesthetic.

Image sourced via Luxpresso

The stately and elegant Athenee bed above is one of Fendi’s in house designs unveiled at Maison & Objet in Paris last year as part of their new furniture collection for 2015. Featuring a prominent curved headboard and upholstered in a luxurious blue velvet with trademark saddlery stitching details its pure sophistication.

Image sourced via Baxter

If you want to bring life to your cushions or upholstery then lighting will enhance the textural surface quality visually, producing light and shadow variations. These beautiful cushions named Belle De Jour are by Italian luxury brand Baxter and created by folding and pleating high quality leather. The result is rather a dynamic scene when lit with the right light considering the tones are very neutral; If they were all the same texture and tone the palette and composition would not be so successful. Combined with the reflective hard surface of the coffee table, both light and texture bring this room to life.

Image sourced via Giles Miller Studio

Your walls can also appear more visually interesting by incorporating textured surfaces which respond to light well. London based design practice Giles Miller Studio creates innovative and visually stunning surface designs using pixel like elements for walls in wood, metal or ceramic which when placed at varying angles, reflect light differently. As a result, bespoke images and shapes can be created, as well as elaborate surface textures that react to light in interesting ways.

In clean, contemporary spaces, plants can offer a unique texture of their very own and come in all sizes, shapes and colours. Omer Arbel‘s 38 Collection for Italian lighting manufacturer Bocci features a series of suspended green lamps that double as planters. Although you can use No.38 individually I think they would look great clustered over a kitchen table to create a playful and surreal, textural focal point with flowers or herbs planted inside for a truly multi-sensory experience.

Images via Oliver Burns

One of my final and personal favourite ways to add texture in a room is by displaying books. The book shelves above were designed by Oliver Burns and combine books with a few select accessories. There is more to a book than words on a page; it’s a tactile experience of reading; smelling, touching, and holding the book that is warm and comforting. Your choice of books will also reflect your personality & interests so that your space resonates with you.

Even the most formal and polished rooms benefit from the addition of texture so whether you chose to add interesting fabrics, wall finishes, plants or a display of books there are plenty more ways to discover texture in your home, so make sure to remember the importance of texture if you are designing a space of your own.

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