The Senses: Design Beyond Vision

Exhibition Overview


Bench, Yellow-Rosa Pie Cut with Crumbs
Matthias Borowski, Bench, Yellow-Rosa Pie Cut with Crumbs, from the Importance of the Obvious collection, 2013; Kollectiv Plus Zwei (Vienna, Austria, founded 2014), Foam, polystyrene.

Explore experimental works and practical solutions designed to inspire wonder and new ways of accessing our world. Wander through a scented snowstorm, play a furry instrument in a Tactile Orchestra, investigate the sonic properties of glass, and experience many more multisensory experiences from some of the world’s most creative thinkers, including Christopher Brosius, KunstLAB Arnhem, Studio Roos Meerman, Maya+Rouvelle, and more. With over 65 design projects and more than 40 objects and installations to touch, hear, and smell, The Senses is an inclusive celebration of the sensory richness of design.

Sensory design recognizes that we understand and navigate the world with all five of our senses. Organized into nine thematic sections, The Senses demonstrates that by opening up to multiple sensory dimensions, designers reach a greater diversity of users. Maps that can be touched as well as seen facilitate mobility and knowledge for sighted, low-vision, and blind users. Audio devices translate sound into vibrations that can be felt on the skin. Tableware and kitchen tools use color and form to guide people living with dementia or vision loss. These innovations are beneficial to all users as sensory design enhances awareness of the body and creates new emotional terrain through its stimulation of our visceral responses.

(Photo: Matthias Borowski, Bench, Yellow-Rosa Pie Cut with Crumbs, from the Importance of the Obvious collection, 2013; Kollectiv Plus Zwei (Vienna, Austria, founded 2014), Foam, polystyrene. © Matthias Borowski, Kollectiv Plus Zwei, 2014)

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