May 16, 2017 | Updated: December 16, 2019


Dezeen in conversation with Porcelanosa and friends at Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

Javier Rodriguez of Porcelanosa, leading global porcelain tile manufacturer and architects James Dilley of Jestico + Whiles and Alexander Martin of Alexander Martin Architects, will be in conversation with Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs on Tuesday 23rd May 6pm at Porcelanosa’s Clerkenwell Design Centre as part of the seminar program at Clerkenwell Design Week 2017.

They will be discussing how spaces are designed to stimulate your senses and the architecture of perception.

Given the physical nature of the built environment, it would be easy to assume that the visual qualities of spaces dominate our perception of a building. However, many architects, designers and manufacturers have experimented with specific sensory elements over the years, proving that every sense can be significant in transforming the experiential qualities of architecture.

Texture has long been used by architecture to breathe life into buildings as well as to create a unique experience for occupant’s senses.

James Dilley from Jestico + Whiles has extensive experience in commercial interiors and will discuss how texture is used to differentiate various objects and surfaces, transform light, and influence scale, but it can also communicate a particular design style. For example, typically when you envision a modern interior, glossy materials and minimally textured surfaces come to mind. These types of surfaces communicate a sleek and simple design style that often relates to contemporary interiors.

Alexander Martin of Alexander Martin Architects will follow the discussion with his experience in residential interiors. In times of an overly digital lifestyle, with sleek surfaces on smartphones and tablets, we desire to use our senses and feel our home. Tactile surfaces evoke haptic discoveries. Our senses will once again determine the essence of the home – the cosiness and comfort of a warm nest where we can reduce the pace of our lifestyle, it is the feeling of coming home that will find its materialization in tactile interior design.

Javier Rodriguez of Porcelanosa will lead the final discussion of the evening, detailing his involvement in providing the products to make designing for the senses a reality.

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