Every year, around 5000 people in the Netherlands have a tube installed in their stomachs permanently for tube feeding. All food is being pumped into their stomach or intestines directly. These people are capable of living regular lives like us, except they are not allowed to eat or drink ever again.
But there are more groups of people who have difficulties eating and drinking. These are groups such as people suffering from dementia, terminal illnesses, neurological disease or even very young children who have troubles with food. It’s hard to imagine life without food and drinks, and missing out on all the social events that revolve around it.
Louise Knoppert wanted to give these people something back, something to experience, something to share. “I want to invite them to the dinner table again. The set, Proef, I developed comes in a box on which you can find the flavors it includes. They are related to particular cuisines or events so people can relate properly to what others at the table are having” she said. By opening the box you reveal the tools you can use to create a new food experience. The box includes a variety of sensations, flavors, feelings, movements, actions, etc.
The box Proef connects people emotionally. It’s not only a compeletly new experience food wise, but it also involves groups of people that normally couldn’t interact.
SMOKE | This piece uses ultrasonic atomizer technology to create smoke from a flavorful liquid.
SPRINKLE | This piece sprinkles shunks on your tongue which melt and tingle and spread the flavor.
FOAM | This piece must be shaken to create foam. The flexibility makes sure you can squeeze out the foam, which will then make its way onto the textured surface. In the mouth, the foam reveals a flavor burst and it leaves a tingly sensation and sound when it disappears .
ICE | With this piece you can create a tiny layer of ice around the shape.
Between the shape and the cap, which functions as a mould, is a flavorful liquid. After freezing you can take off the cap and enjoy the cold sensation with flavor and texture.
PINCH | A pinch of powder that melts on your tongue
SPRAY | Squeezing this piece will spray a mist. The vapor leaves a pleasant sensation and flavor.
ROLL | With this piece you can roll the flavor onto your tongue and lips, providing a massage and putting the flavors directly onto the taste buds at the same time.
SPONGE | This piece sucks up a liquid that can be squeezed out by using your mouth. The sponge feels soft, and the liquid inside is juicy.
DIP | This flexible piece is for dipping. After dipping it into a paste you can either lick it or brush it onto your tongue. The flexible arches make for a pleasant texture, and allow for playing around with.