This latest output from Nendo is design innovation that appeals to our sweet tooth, says WGSN Lifestyle and Interiors editor Sarah Housley
Japanese design studio Nendo is known for its prolific output: in January 2016 alone, it has released eleven new projects. This one, though, has to be the most delicious: a miniature flask made of chocolate that you can fill with your own mixture of popping candy, freeze dried fruits, chocolate puffs and sugared heart shapes. To top it all off, the kit comes complete with a white chocolate stopper, fumigated so that it takes on the natural tones of cork.
Called Chocolamixture, the project takes advantage of existing chocolate manufacturing methods – whereby syrups and caramels are injected into hollowed chocolate shells on the production line – but brings the customer into the process. You fill each flask yourself, from test tubes containing each different flavour and texture, so that the experience of making the treat is (almost) as important as the moment when you eat it and relish each sensation.
Nendo also released Chocolatexture, a chocolate bar project, this month. The bar is divided into squares of different surface textures – embossed, ridged, checkered – and come in five different flavours, sorted by colour and including white chocolate, bitter chocolate and the vibrant green of matcha.
Both projects play on the same idea: that the future of food lies in flavour, in texture, but most importantly in pleasure. And increasingly, we are enjoying being the masters of our own confectionery: Dominique Ansel’s bakeries often include a finishing touch that lies in the hands of the customer – a squeeze of lime or a sprinkle of chocolate that occurs at the table. Nendo’s new projects also focus on this moment of customisation, celebrating that above all, food is personal.
All photographs by Akihiro Yoshida.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors subscribers can delve deeper into the world of chocolate design with our reports, Chocolate – Christmas & Holiday 2015 and Drinking Chocolate. For more on customisation and the latest developments in food kits, read Buy Me – Cocktail Kits.