Can materials disguise themselves? Can they cover up and make us believe or feel something that is not really there?
There is only one way to find out: getting closer. And spending time with them.
Whenever you wish to get to know somebody better, you spend time with her, listen closely and pay attention to her opinions, how she is acting and what her preferences are.
When we get close to materials around us, listen to them and appreciate their presence, a new relationship arises. They will speak to you, and then you will rapidly recognize if they are treating or tricking you.
Back in the early 00's, I was collaborating in the production of a TV segment about architects Diller Scofidio+Renfro. Together with a filming crew, we spent two full days shooting the space and details of their interior design Brasserie in NYC. It was a fantastic experience to enjoy for so long the discovery of so many details the architects had projected, so many material nuances, stories and surprises, everywhere. The space is so rich with material storytelling I enjoyed so much the playful experience of being there.
Whenever you are attracted to a particular texture, follow up beyond the trick, get closer and let it treat you.