Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Jinhyun Jeon explores whether cutlery design can influence how things taste. Her ‘Tableware as Sensorial Stimuli’ project features a set of unique designs, which are meant to engage multiple senses and enrich the dining experience.
Dezeen reports that the cutlery was created as part of her MA thesis on the relationship between food and the senses. They were inspired by synesthesia, a neurological condition where stimulus to one sense can affect one or more of the other senses. Five elements (temperature, color, texture, volume/weight, and form) are explored, and each of the designs has been created to stimulate different senses in an effort to help people rediscover a healthy and joyful relationship with food.
Cutlery design focuses on getting food in bite-sized morsels from the plate to the mouth, but it could do so much more. The project aims to reveal just how much more, stretching the limits of what tableware can do.
Click through to see a selection of Jeon’s tableware designs: