Nendo are back on our radar again today. Chocolatexture bars are what happens when one of Japan’s most innovative design studios decides to explore the experience of premium chocolate, a quintet of intricately patterned bars embellished with their own distinct texture to engage the palate to optimize flavours.
Imprinted with three dimensional patterns of stripes, dots, zig-zags, checker boards, and waves, each bar’s surface isn’t just an aesthetic decision, but an invitation for the eater to roll their tongue over and across, bite, chew, and eventually swallow each of the 12 segments.
In theory more subtle flavours inherent in the premium chocolate are revealed by allowing the chocolate to hit more parts of the taste buds (if this sounds silly, note cacao beans are similar to coffee, capable of revealing “earthy, fruity, floral” flavours with only a little practice).
Nendo’s chocolatexture bars come available in five different flavours – milk, strawberry, white, bitter and matcha – undoubtedly assured to be in great demand and limited supply like their previous designer counterpart, the Maison & Objet 2015 chocolatexture lounge chocolate sets, which we featured in an earlier blog post.
Photos: Akihiro Yoshida.