How many people take the time, while moving through life, to see texture as it fills the vast halls and venues of our world? You might not think you “see,” but perhaps you do.

Texture serves as our sight in the tactile world, and it’s everywhere, all around us.


From where you’re sitting right now, look around and identify all the textures you see, from your desktop to your flooring. Look up…what makes your ceiling appear the way it does? Is your pen or pencil simple and smooth, or does it support a little soft comfort wrap for your fingers? What makes up your lampshades and window covers, or your windows themselves? Are they flat, clear, colorless panes that bring the outdoors in, or textured cubes, or louvered, perhaps sporting a horizontal tactile plane?

For the lack of television entertainment, I call our 4’ x 5’ picture window up north our “Yooper” Flat Screen! It’s on 24/7, 365 days a year and is very “green,” requiring no energy. You could say it’s solar powered!

From this window, one can see a multitude of textures at any given time of day or night. In early morning light, the mist and clouds that rise from the lake give way to the texture of leafy, maple wood stands that envelop it. Blue skies that appear in the window are sometimes thick with vaporous black and white storm clouds, flashing endless canyons of light and sparked with electricity. Or they can be filled with light cotton puffs of ever-changing texture, moving effortlessly away from the bright warm glow of a setting sun.

At dusk, hundreds of winged bats pass in front of a twilight ceiling. Their rapid movement provides a visual texture quickly evolving and changing instantly from a velvety black to contrast the crisp evening light. They will yield eventually to an endless night sky dome punctured with pins of light, some small, some large.


Why is texture important? Texture plays a critical role in telling a story. Of helping to make something “stick” in the minds of an observer. It can be a map for one to follow as on a path—deliberately broken to create contrast or allowed to run freely to engage the participant to venture farther.


Texture is not only found in a hands-on world. As illustrated by the flat screen, texture can be implied visually. It is an element used in everyday life as in nature to build structure, to build identity, or in many cases in our business, to build a brand.


Our building is awash in texture. From its terrazzo and wooden floors and stained glass windows, to its halls of sand-like plaster finishes or new glass walls that allow us to see its completeness. This week they are installing carpeting in some areas, painting out the multipurpose rooms on the lower level, building more shelves, installing sinks and bubblers and light fixtures. Soon it will be “punch list time.” What started three months ago is quickly coming to a close in just a few short weeks.

Look for the finishing touches of “green” in the next blog as we look over the reuse of materials throughout 612 Stuart Street.

Paul Meinke

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~ by Paul James on January 18, 2007.

3 Responses to “Texture”

  1. Nicely written Paul. I’ll make sure to continue reading up on the progress of your building and the goings-on of Arketype.

  2. its simply awesome

  3. This all are marble or mixed materials…? Nice simply awesome

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