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Issue 08: Senses

Issue 08: Senses

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What does it look like when Hole & Corner enters the realms of the senses? Let us take you on a trip through taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing and, perhaps, even the elusive sixth sense.

Our Senses Issue is the antidote to even the most jaded palate, as we’ve searched high and low to find contributors with the power to make us appreciate the world anew. We’ve got exclusive discussions with multi-sensory experts including Omer Arbel of Bocci lighting, scent archivist Sissel Tolaas, colour expert Pedro da Costa Felgueiras, Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes, product designer Russell Pinch and fragrance maker Lyn Harris.

Richard Benson braves storms and high seas to explore the people and the landscape that has made the island of Islay home to a growing band of the most prolific and revered whisky producers in the world. We’ve taken a trip to Daylesford Organic Farm in the Cotswolds, to James Cropper paper manufacturers in Yorkshire and to the fragrant fields of Grasse with Hermès to examine how the unique properties of the land can inform our appreciation of the senses.

We talk disorientation and sense confusion with Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed and sensory experience designer Nelly Ben Hayoun (who has collaborated with everyone from Sigur Ros to NASA). Elsewhere, we explore the notion of perfect palate with award-winning chefs and sommeliers; meet bionic eye makers and cyborgs; examine the strange phenomenon of synesthaesia and explore moments of extreme heightened awareness.

Our emphasis, as always, is on the craft, beauty, passion and skill involved in every process. Using some of the world’s greatest image-makers including Dan Tobin Smith, Laurence Ellis and Robert Wyatt, Issue 08 offers a true sensory overload for the reader.

Even writing this is making our mouth water. So come and join us in the Senses Issue: it’s about what feels right.


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