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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B62/S27.084

TACTILE AND VISUAL PERCEPTION OF NATURAL WOOD FINISHES

C. O. Milincu
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-21-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 6, Vol. 2, 651-658 pp

ABSTRACT
Eco wood finishing products are in full process of replacing traditional methods.
Although marketing campaigns present these products as being “green”, the ecological aspect is reduced to meeting specific regulations. Human perception is omitted. This study focuses on identifying the physical characteristics that make a finish preferred to others by presenting different samples to a number of testers. The subjects are presented with a selection of samples finished with different materials, ranging from the new ecological products to conventional finishes and traditional solutions. The analysis is carried out in two stages, tactile and visual. The study takes into account the influence of the subjects’ cultural background. The main parameter that determines a surface as being preferred is associated to the roughness of the material. Perfecting wood finishes and their use in different applications must relate to human awareness, to the perception of the surface and not to focus entirely on reaching higher protection levels.

Keywords: wood finishes, haptic, perception, furniture