In the modern West, we have created a lot of barriers between our sensory perception and the world around us.
Contatto is a way to challenge that mindset.
Contatto is a new culinary culture that advocates a change in the current culture of food, challenging the existing one, which neglects essential sensorial experiences. Aiming to get to the essence of the human-food relationship in its most genuine level, Contatto removes unnecessary mediating components: the objects that create a distance between the body and food such as cutlery and plates. Instead, preparation and consumption focus on the hand, extending taste to the realm of touch. Using the hand as a surface where food is placed, the ‘touches’ (the way the courses are called) are built on this surface of our body, generating choreography and new gestures. Contatto is not just an eating experience: it involves an intimate rediscovery of our senses and tactility, becoming a sensorial celebration of food and the action of eating.
Hand as primordial and sensorial tool for eating.
Experiencing food through the sense of touch
Contatto is a new way of eating that gives a tactile understanding of the ingredients placed on the hands, becoming a sensorial celebration of food.
During the Contatto eating experience the ingredients are placed directly on your hand.
By feeling them on the skin, you can feel the temperature, the texture and the consistency of the ingredients even before reaching your mouth.
The action of serving becomes an intimate gesture between the toucher and the ‘taster’.
Contatto becomes a unique experience and cuisine based on the hand.
Check more about the eating experience here
Tuesday in Touch | Private Contatto Experiences in Milan
5 March | Soulgreen Restaurant | Milan, Italy
5 February | Soulgreen Restaurant | Milan, Italy
June | Private dinner in Arnhem (NL) | Food Heuvelrug in Doorn (NL)
22 November | Private event for Novotel Linate | Milan, Italy
23 February | MFW private event for The big Now LOW | Casa Lago, Milan
19 January | FRAME KitchenLab | IMM Cologne
November/December | Private dinners in Milan (IT), Eindhoven (NL) and Arnhem (NL)
15 November | Mangiamaccheroni Dinner | DAE Social Design Alumni Day, Eindhoven (NL)
22nd-30th October 2016 | Dutch Design Week | Eindhoven (NL)
29th September-2nd October| Festival Ciudad Jardìn Alt Empordà | Vantallò (ES)
23 June 2016 | Private dinner | Mediamatic Amsterdam (NL)
14 April 2016 | Valentin Loellmann Studio | Maastricht (NL)
November 2015 - ongoing
Contatto Experiences, research and experimentation in Eindhoven (NL)
Contatto Experience at Koinè Restaurant (Legnano, IT)
in collaboration with the chefs Alberto Buratti (Koinè-IT) and Simone Cantafio (Michel Bras Toya Japon)
Experiencing Food: Designing Dialogues | Lisbon (PO)
30th June 2016
Speaker @ wedoWe Braincandies
Natlab, Eindhoven (NL)
21 April 2016
Speaker @ Biatalk// Eat-a-ble
Mediamatic Amsterdam (NL)
Elle Decor Italia |Issue 1, February 2017 | Included in the Selection NEXT 2017
Icon Design | Issue 12, March 2017 | Included in the Selection 100 Talenti del 2017
VICE NL The Creators Project
Design Academy Eindhoven