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The feel of piece is often a neglected element when it comes to the creation of a comprehensive design, explains Klaus Monhoff, Head of Design and Decor Management in the EGGER Group.

Klaus Monhoff is the Design and Decor Expert at EGGER

Klaus Monhoff is the Design and Decor Expert at EGGER and knows how important the feel of a piece can be.

How important is touch in furniture design?
In this digital age, our eyes are the first consumer – so much so, that our sense of sight is almost overloaded with the amount of screen time we indulge in. You could even say that digitalisation has led to an imbalance between our sense of sight and our sense of touch. In turn, this has triggered an almost-physical craving for contact with actual, real-life items and objects. The sense of touch is becoming more and more important, which is why we pay such close attention to our finishes.
How important is touch for EGGER?
We have noticed, particularly when it comes to furniture that is often touched, that the feel is just as important as the look. When confronted with a striking-looking piece of oak, with all its knots and whorls, nowadays the customer often expects the feel to reflect the appearance. We have developed our Feelwood synchronous pore finishes to meet this expectation, such as our special ST37 Feelwood Rift. Imitation materials can also feel more authentic when they are used in a way that corresponds with conventional expectation, for example the ST16 Mineral Plaster or the ST76 Mineral Rough Matt.
Where form matches function

Imitation materials boast virtually the same character as the real thing, both in look and in feel.

Does form always need to match function?
As a companion to the current favourite design palette of monochrome, wood effects are becoming more and more common. The new ST38 Feelwood Pinegrain, which we actually developed for our decor series Mountain Larch, provides the perfect accompaniment to black or white. The unexpected form contrasts with the expected function and suggests an alternative, exciting perspective with a different character.
Monochrome woodgrain

Finishes such as this ST38 Feelwood Pinegrain add character to monochrome colour schemes.

Would you say of woodgrain reproductions that the more striking, the closer to reality?
Yes. Take a look at our current Feelwood synchronous pore finishes; end customers are barely able to distinguish between the melamine-faced board and the original.
What does the future hold for form and function?
Oak is still the woodgrain of choice. But our Feelwood finishes are becoming ever more popular. Over the next few years, we anticipate that preferences will once again switch towards quieter, more sophisticated woods, such as walnut and maple. They neither need nor require a striking form.
Without question, other finishes will also gain importance, so we are looking at developing more of these in the future. A complementary finish completes the perfect look: without perfection, there can be no place for imitation materials. In this respect, the look and the feel are very much interdependent.
EGGER‘s 3D texture visualisation

Thanks to EGGER‘s 3D texture visualisation, wood and material surfaces can now also be experienced on the screen.


All shown decors are reproductions.