Texture is an essential part of design and can transform an ordinary piece of furniture into something truly unique. Techniques such as carving, layering, embossing, and engraving add dimension to an object and enhance its presence in a room.

The patterns created from these techniques are often inspired by nature or crafts such as jewellery making or basket weaving.

Nature is a constant source of inspiration for designers. Shells, coral and fossil forms are particularly popular and widely used across all homewares. Layering materials can mimic scales or feathers. Cristina Celestino’s plumage tile and Fenella Elm’s Atlantic Flow are perfect examples of this.

Fenella Elm Atlantic Flow, Cobweb & Terracotta And Porcelain Pot

Zsolt Jozsef Simon Flower Sculpture & Rockett St George Faux Serlina Coral

Cristina Celestino Plumage Tiles & Chiara Andreatti Flora Tiles for Bottega Nove

Ceramics, owing to their initially malleable nature, are ideal for creating texture. Carving, etching and puckering add dimension and interest to everyday, household objects.

RSG Ceramic Eden Vase & Crate And Barrel Kora Vases

Everyday crafts are another source of tactile inspiration. Metal and wood can be engraved, embossed or hammered, much like jewellery.

Brabbu Cay Console & Orion Cabinet

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Brabbu Koi Center Table

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FBC London Aurora Coffee Table & Armour Chair 

So why not move away from flat, sleek surfaces and add some dimension to your home?

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