Chocolatexture: 9 Bricks Of Chocolate That Represent Japanese Words For Texture
When Japanese designer Oki Sato was nominated for Designer Of The Year by Maison et Objet, a French design show, he was asked to rethink the concept of chocolate and to create something new. He decided to explore how different textures of chocolate help us perceive its taste.
Oki created “Chocolatexture,” a collection of 9 cubic 26mm bricks of high-quality chocolate. Each brick assumes a shape that illustrates 1 of 9 expressions used in the Japanese language to describe different textural qualities. “While the raw materials are identical, the distinctive textures create different tastes,” notes the designer, who is the head of the Tokyo and Milan-based design studio Nendo.
Take a look at these tiny beauties and think about how texture influences your own perception of taste.
“tsubu tsubu” – a word for small bits or drops
“sube sube” – smooth edges and corners
“toge toge” – sharp pointed tips
“zara zara” – granular like a file
“goro goro” – cubic, with many edges
“fuwa fuwa” – soft and airy with many tiny holes
“poki-poki” – a delicate frame or structure
“suka-suka” – a hollow cube with thin walls
“zaku-zaku” – makes a crunching sound, like when you step on ice