Nendo, a multi-award winning studio based in Tokyo and Milan, has created a very unique series of nine textural chocolates (chocolatexture) in which each piece was crafted after a Japanese word for a certain texture or sound.
In general the experience of savoring a chocolate depends on many factors – the type of cocoa, the percentage used, the flavors, and so on. However, Nendo’s chocolates could create different tastes just because of their different textures (hollow centers, pointed tips, smooth and rough surfaces). Otherwise the pieces were all made of the same ingredients and each of them measured the same dimensions (26x26x26mm).
Here are the Japanese expressions used to describe texture that inspired the unique chocolates design:
1. ‘tubu-tubu’ – chunks of smaller chocolate drops.
2. ‘sube-sube’ – smooth edges and corners.
3. ‘zara-zara’ – rough and granular like a file.
4. ‘toge-toge’ – sharp pointed tips.
5. ‘goro-goro’ – a composition of fourteen connected small cubes.
6. ‘fuwa-fuwa’ – soft and airy with many tiny holes.
7. ‘poki-poki’ – a cube frame made of chocolate sticks.
8. ‘suka-suka’ – a hollow cube with thin walls.
9. ‘zaku-zaku’ – alternately placed thin chocolate rods forming a cube.
The limited production of 400 chocolate sets was created for the French design show Maison et Object, the edition that took place at Paris in January this year.