Art & Design: Nendo’s Quivering Bowls

As part of the KAMA. Sex and Design exhibition at the Triennale design Museum in Milan in December, Japanese design studio Nendo has created a series of bowls that quiver when in contact with human touch.

The “Shivering Bowls” project explores the idea of Eros in Greek mythology (the God of erotic love). Each bowl has been cast using a light silicon material in an off-white shade to appear as though ceramic. When a bowl is touched, or detects a light breeze, the silicon mold responds and changes shape accordingly.

“We wanted to express Eros through a design that invokes desire – a design that viewers simply can’t bear not to touch,” explained the designers in a recent interview with Dezeen.

In our In The Air report Digital Empathy, we spoke about the recent growth in haptic technology, which could soon enable us to reach “new levels of intimacy” with our technological device, in particular our smartphones.

Nokia’s consumer trend analyst Oskar Korkman suggests that “we need the freedom to kiss over the ether when we’re on our way to work.”

Scroll down for images via Dezeen.

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