“Taste the difference”
The cutlery we use everyday normally is made from stainless steel. But for a long time other materials and alloys were used to produce cutlery, especially spoons were made from wood up to the 19th century. In other cultures especially where chopsticks are used the cutlery is still made from wood.
Within this project, I am asking the question of how material influences the way we eat and taste food. To create constant test conditions I will create a set of spoons which only differ in material. Besides a stainless steel version, there will be at least one wooden spoon and one plastic spoon.
As we all know taste differ. This is why I want to let everyone explore this on their own. All spoons will be displayed with a short information about the material. By serving, for example, a small bowl of rice the different spoons can be tasted. In the end, there will be small cards handed where you can write down your experience.
- Question an everyday object.
- Gaining information about the effects of different materials.
- Rising an awareness of how we eat.
The wooden spoon will be carved out of wild service tree wood. The plastic version will be made of PMMA(Plexiglas).
Left: The wooden spoon in comparison to the original stainless steel one.
Right: The mold to deep draw the plastic spoon.
Update: Final Results
From left to right: service tree wood, stainless steel, PMMA sanded