Multi Sensory Design

Casson Mann and Snøhetta from Norway scooped first place in the Lascaux IV: International Cave Painting Center competition, and their eco-sensitive design promises visitors a mesmerizing, otherworldly experience of this enormous complex of cave paintings that dates back to Paleolithic times.

Lascaux IV Cave Painting Centre (Casson Mann and Snøhetta)

Multi sensory design is not clearly identified as a separate practice, more as an approach to design, or a design solution, in various practices, in particular industrial and product design,

Alphasphere by artist and perception researcher, sha,

Alphasphere by artist and perception researcher, sha,

and in spatial design.

Photograph: Ashley Bingham and Mark Ellis at ICD Ltd.

St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice – Multi-sensory room. By Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Architects.

Multi sensory design solutions are frequently used in narrative environments, most frequently using sight, hearing and touch, but also sometimes taste and smell as well. A good example is Jelly Deng’s (graduated 2015) ‘Whispery Savoury’ which engaged all five senses but most notably combined eating with sound which involved a performative element.

<http://www.whispery-savoury.com/>

Although it is not clearly delineated as an independent practice, multi sensory design is much practised and written about:

<https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rick_Schifferstein/publication/254004026_Multi_sensory_design/links/00b4952961608f23a7000000.pdf>

<http://www.wikid.eu/index.php/Multi-sensory_design>

<http://www.psy.ox.ac.uk/>

More on the Lascaux Caves project

<http://snohetta.com/project/63-centre-international-d-art-parietal-montignac-lascaux-lascaux-iv-caves-museum>

<http://www.dezeen.com/2013/02/28/lascaux-iv-international-cave-painting-centre-by-snohetta-duncan-lewis-and-casson-mann/>

edited 27 December, 2015 by Stuart Jones

Whispery Savoury by Jialin (Jelly) Deng

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