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Series articles allow design
practitioners to earn
continuing education unit
credits through the pages
of the magazine. Use the
following learning objectives
to focus your study while
reading this issue’s article.
To receive one hour of
credit (0.1 CEU) as
approved by IDCEC, read
the article and go to
home/ ceus.aspx and follow
After reading this article, you
should be able to:
◗ Discuss how the sense
of touch is interpreted by
◗ Describe the origin of the
science of haptics as it
relates to interior design.
◗ Explain how texture is
imparted to different
◗ Discuss how laminate
textures have evolved
since the first laminates
ROLE OF TEXTURE IN
hat’s the first thing you do when you see an intriguing wall covering,
table top, or upholstered chair?
You touch it, of course. You can’t help it. Your brain needs to know
what it feels like.
Knowing how things feel–smooth, soft, warm, sticky, dusty–completes your
perception of that item or material. This information, along with the visuals you cap-
tured, is catalogued in your mind so you can then say, “Yeah, I know what that is.”
As an architect or designer, yours is a sensorial world. You navigate, explore, and
ultimately create through the experienced use of your senses. Given the opportunity (and
the budgets), your goal is to create spaces that are, for lack of a better term, sensational.
Texture has a huge impact on our perceptions of the world around us and
yet, compared to the other senses, there’s precious little research on this important
channel of information.
What we do know is that, in the brain, touch and pressure are interpreted by
the forward part of the parietal lobe, situated between the frontal lobe and the
occipital lobe. The parietal lobe also manages
taste and body awareness.
You may be surprised to know that the touch-and-
pressure region is larger than the vision area of the
occipital lobe, as well as the speech, concentration,
planning, and problem-solving area of the frontal lobe.
In fact, the only areas larger than touch-and-pressure
are those that control motor control, body awareness
(frontal lobe), coordination (cerebellum), and reading
Touch can play an
role in how we
feel about things.
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