The Touch: Spaces designed for the senses

by Kinfolk and Norm Architects
The Touch: Spaces designed for the senses


  • Title: The Touch: Spaces designed for the senses
  • Author: KINFOLK & NORM ARCHITECTS Gestalten; Kinfolk; Norm Architects
  • Publisher: gestalten
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978- 3-89955-978-1

About the Book

The Touch  is a new collaboration between Nathan Williams of Kinfolk and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects that welcome readers into over 25 inspiring spaces where interior design is not only visually appealing but engages all of the human senses. It present an understanding of design that focuses on people and their sensual experience.

The Touch: Spaces designed for the senses

Through beautiful homes, hotels, museums, and retail stores — from contemporary designs by Ilse Crawford and Bijoy Jain to classic cases by Arne Jacobsen — readers are invited to explore how experiencing elements such as light, nature, materiality, color, and community can deliberately bring us back to our senses and imbue every day with a richer quality.

The Touch: Spaces designed for the senses

The reader gets insights into over 25 impressive buildings from all over the world – be it private apartments, universities, museums or mausoleums, designed by design icons such as Arne Jacobsen, Le Corbusier or contemporary architects such as Tatiana Bilbao or Studio K. In addition to informative interviews with design industry leaders as John Pawson and David Thulstrup pursue philosophical and art-historical references to the long tradition of space theories and color theory.

The Touch: Spaces designed for the senses

For a deeper understanding of the concepts explored, The Touch  includes an appendix which profiles architects such as Lina Bo Bardi and Richard Neutra. Heritage design pieces that helped influence this movement are also listed in the book.

The Touch: Spaces designed for the senses

About the Authors

NATHAN WILLIAMS  is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Kinfolk magazine, based in Copenhagen. Kinfolk, founded in 2011, is one of the leading and style-defining design magazines with loyal readers in more than 100 countries. Williams is the author of The Kinfolk Table , The Kinfolk Home , The Kinfolk Entrepreneur and The Eye .



JONAS BJERRE-POULSEN is a founding partner of the architecture firm Norm Architects. He has worked as an architect, designer, art director and photographer for over a decade. Norm Architects develops products, designs exhibitions and interiors for brands known worldwide. Bjerre-Poulsen shares his passion for phenomenology and the design of places, buildings and images that impress in the long term with his customers – from private individuals to established design brands and international magazines. Some photos from The Touch are from Bjerre-Poulsen.

John Clifford Burns, Editor in Chief
Christian Møller Andersen, Art and Design Director
Harriet Fitch Little, Editor
Gabriele Dellisanti, Assistant Editor
Amy Woodroffe, Publication Director

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