Touch That Taste! translates smell and taste into sight and touch, based on five main groups: sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami – a savoury taste.
These take the form of five textile objects designed for the home, including a rug, a pouf, a blanket, a room divider and a pair of slippers.
Golik's project was influenced by synaesthesia – a neurological condition where the stimulation of one sense provokes a reaction in another.
To create the collection, Golik asked 10 people to eat and smell food that had been specially prepared to represent each taste group, and attempt to translate their experience of each one into a visual reaction.
In response to their feedback, she chose two or three fabric samples for each taste and gave them back to the group and asked them to allocate the samples to the five tastes, helping her to narrow down the final materials used.
"The collection combines different materials and techniques," she said. "The function and design of each of the objects is related to the analysis of the experiment with a study group and research about food, senses and synesthesia."
A circular white rug representing "umami" features six coloured spots made of technical felt, tufted woollen yarn and rubber – enabling users to explore its different structures and textures with bare feet.
The "sweet" pouf is a collapsible cylindrical form made of memory foam covered with pink ribbed upholstery. "The user slowly comes down while seated creating a feeling of sinking in," said the designer.
For "sour", Golik created a blanket from a fringed grey woollen fabric tipped with yellow liquid rubber. "It comes to life in movement, creating a beautiful structure," she said. "It encourages you to interact with it."
A room divider representing "salty" comprises five layers of woollen and polyester fabric in different colours, some pierced with holes enabling the layers behind to show through.
"The room divider invites a user to interact with it by changing, adding or removing layers," said Golik. "It marks change and adaptability to different spaces."
Finally, the foam and felt "bitter" slippers are both soft and heavy – weighing two kilograms each – making it difficult to walk in them. "The objects come to life when they are used," said the designer.
"The Touch That Taste! collection tells a story about how the abstract can be turned into the tangible – about how an experience with food can be translated into a functional collection with a focus on experiencing the objects and creating a relationship with them," said Golik.
Touch That Taste! was exhibited as part of the Ventura Lambrate design district in Milan during the city's design week last month.
Movie is by Andreas Omvik.