Surfaces affect our perception of shapes. The outer layer enhance the structural impression of an object where its contours and silhouette create our experience of the actual shape.

designer Ida Hildebrand

And this impression is vital to our sense of the object’s design. Its covering creates an identity. It initiates our perception of the object. Texture, pattern, and color take a new importance considered in this way. And these qualities affect our different senses, not only that of sight. Considered as an element of architecture a piece of furniture is experienced through perceptions of space, scale, sound, and light. The outer appearance of these pieces is aesthetic in that it enhances the immediate experience of the object. But in an interplay with its surroundings it can also create a complex expression of

art, elegance, poetry, iconicity, uniqueness, contemporaneity, strength, and confidence.