The Senses: Design Beyond Vision – Touch, hear, see and smell at new sensory show

© Matthias Borowski, Kollectiv Plus Zwei, 2014

Next month, The Senses: Design Beyond Vision will launch at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, to explore how multisensory design amplifies everyone’s ability to receive information, explore the world, satisfy essential needs and experience joy and wonder.

The exhibition, which runs from 13 April until 28 October, invites you to encounter design with all your senses through several interactive installations, created in collaboration with more than 65 contemporary designers, from a furry wall with digital sensors that play music to a scent commission by Christopher Brosius inspired by winter.

"Across all industries and disciplines, designers are avidly seeking ways to stimulate our sensory responses to solve problems of access and enrich our interactions with the world," said Cooper Hewitt's Director Caroline Baumann. "The Senses shares their discoveries and invites personal revelation of the extraordinary capacity of the senses to inform and delight.

"Within the inclusive environment created for the exhibition, there will be over 40 touchable objects, as well as services, such as audio and visual descriptions of the works on view, to ensure the exhibition will be welcoming to visitors of all abilities, an important step forward in our ongoing commitment to making Cooper Hewitt accessible to everyone."

The Senses: Design Beyond Vision will launch at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York on 13 April and run until 28 October 2018.

Photo by Nicola Tree, Courtesy of Lina Saleh

Photo by Nicola Tree, Courtesy of Lina Saleh

Courtesy of Emerging Objects

Courtesy of Emerging Objects

Courtesy of Sha Yao. © Sha Yao

Courtesy of Sha Yao. © Sha Yao

© Simon Kinneir, James Cartwright

© Simon Kinneir, James Cartwright

Courtesy of Sanne Gelissen

Courtesy of Sanne Gelissen

© Studio Marije Vogelzang

© Studio Marije Vogelzang

© Simon Kinneir, James Cartwright

© Simon Kinneir, James Cartwright

© Xandra van der Eijk

© Xandra van der Eijk