May 19, 2017 | By Sarah Housley
Experience Lifestyle & Interiors on WGSN.
Apr 15, 2015
Polish designer Martyna Barbara Golik has developed a collection of textiles that each represent one of the five tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami. On show at Ventura Lambrate this week, Touch That Taste! explores how the hard-to-describe experience of taste can be materialised into tactile homewares.
Golik created the collection after interviewing a group of participants about how each flavour tasted and made them feel, asking them to describe the sensation in terms of colour, texture and pattern, as well as less tangible attributes like weight.
The Umami Carpet features raised tufted areas to be explored and enjoyed on foot, while the Sour Blanket ripples with movement; glittering silver strands are edged with bright yellow, emulating the piercing effect of sour foods.
The baby pink Sweet Pouf has marshmallow-soft folds that encase a memory foam centre; the shape of the pouf moulds slowly to its user’s shape, so that they can sink cosily into it.
The Salty Room Divider is made up of perforated layers of fabric in punchy, contrasting colours. Each layer is cut-out with patterns that resemble grains of salt – from coarse rock to fine pieces.
Finally, the Bitter Slippers appear soft and light but are weighted with metal in the sole, making the walking experience more difficult than it appears.
Touch That Taste! will be exhibited at via Privata Oslavia 7, Ventura Lambrate, Milan until 19th April.
WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors subscribers can find more edible inspiration in our spring/summer 2016 macro trend Soft Pop, and more surreally sensorial influences in autumn/winter 2016/17 macro trend OffBeat.
– Sarah Housley
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