Michel / Fabian has created “Goûte”, a finger-shaped glass spoon as an extension of the hand, designed to improve the taste of food by re-creating the experience of licking fingers and promoting healthier eating habits. A utensil which, according to the study, enhances the sensation of creaminess, improves the intensity of sweet flavors, highlights the value of food and makes for a more mindful eating experience.
The design process started with 3d-printing a scanned finger, and giving it a handle. After many attempts, they discovered that glass was the perfect material, not only for its visual and tactile qualities, but also for its manufacturing capacities.
In 2015 Michel / Fabian conducted an experiment in collaboration with Oxford University’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory to test the effect of eating with “Goûte” can have on flavor perception. According to the research, the perceived value of the food went up by 40 per cent.