Copenhagen – The five taste groups have inspired a new textile collection from Polish textile designer Martyna Barbara Golik.
Touch That Taste explores the relationship between the senses, in particular how taste is manifest in colour and texture. The project is based on data in which a study group had to eat and smell items representing the five taste groups, and translate the experience into vision and touch, which Golik then used to create her textiles and designs. The resulting collection includes an Umami carpet, combining felt, tufted woollen yarn and rubber; a Sweet pouffé, made from memory foam; and Bitter slippers, both heavy and soft at the same time, weighing two kilograms each, and made from foam and felt.
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