A common device used in 70's-era suburban interior design. It involves the use of compressed wood pulp formed into panels printed with a design made to resemble a cross-cut from a single, large board. The intent is to lend a cozy, hardwood, oak-paneled feel to one's home at a minimum of cost. The actual effect is a cheesiness unmatched by any design standard of the seventies, with the possible exception of the combinations of green and orange found in the wallpaper, curtains, and linoleum of the day.
An interesting sidebar: In television commercials
and print advertisements
for Calvin Klein
Jeans aired and published during the mid-1990's, fake wood paneling was one of the characteristics cited that gave the impression the ads were intentionally reminiscent of child pornography
produced in the basements of suburban homes during the 1970's
. The ads were discontinued due to numerous outspoken critics of the campaign