East meets west
The vertical panels can also be said to mimic the trunks and branches of the trees that provide the raw material of the panels, emphasising their natural beauty. As the Japanese concept of forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, becomes established across the world, perhaps the trend for slatted wood panels also has its origin in Japan. The linear shapes evoke the idea of zen-like spaces, minimalism and clean lines in interiors. In Japan, rectangular-shaped tatami mats often form the basis of an entire internal space, with straight lines and symmetry replicated in many other features. It is clear that the combination of natural materials and linear elements bring harmony to a space.
There is an art to using linear effects in architecture, whether that’s in a workplace, educational establishment, gallery or even a residential space. Whilst the vertical panels bring a sense of rhythm and scale to a space, the linear wood elements bring nature into an interior and also create a sense of calm, which are all desirable qualities in the world we live in today.