Texture Tactics for Chic Finishes

For designer Eric Arthur Dyer, fine finishes are the main part of his story


“Playing with textures and rhythm in architecture creates a melody,” says designer Eric Arthur Dyer. “The layering of materials with the furniture, artwork, and colors of a space is like writing a symphony. It’s the most essential part of my work.” 

Dyer has been composing interiors that strike all the right chords for years, and the materials he opts to incorporate into his projects are akin to music notes. “I’ve always loved stone and wood, and always will, but lately I’ve been drawn to concrete and metals,” he adds. “Concrete can be monolithic and unfinished with amazing strength, and metal can be patinated to look raw and warm while still being refined.” 

This keen understanding of finishes and the visual power they can impart allows Dyer to deliver spaces with impressive tactile qualities. He recently put that knowledge to good use in the redesign of a high-rise residence in Boca Raton he first tackled 14 years ago.    

The design directive was for a timeless aesthetic, and once again Dyer relied on a blend of textures with diverse temperatures and temperaments that still manage to work together. We first see this in the elevator foyer, where we notice the designer’s approach to flooring for the entire unit: polished marble with satin custom oak panels. Bronze mirror surfaces, oak doors, and exotic stones tell the rest of the story. Later on in the dining room, we witness yet more layering expertise with an accent wall made of custom stained oak with inlayed slatting and a large canvas by Ross Bleckner whose wormhole effect at first seems to threaten to swallow the bronze Cairo table and dining chairs.  

In the living room, the fabrications get softer: a silk rug in a racetrack shape, a Great Plains fabric sofa with leather trims, and velvet throw pillows. All these finished elements are a stark contrast to the raw quality proffered by the concrete plaster ceiling. In the kitchen, the expected dance of marble, wood, and stainless steel is enhanced by bronze glass on a dining- height table and Minotti chairs. The primary bedroom makes way for more softness with silk (on the window treatments), suede (on a bench’s cushions), and wool (on the area rug). Like elsewhere in the home, the components work effortlessly, and another Dyer symphony is written. 

Story Credits:

Text by Christopher Day 

Photography by Nickolas Sargent

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