Madeleine Bunting has written a thoughtful article in today’s Guardian about the personal meaning of objects. She references Radio 4’s recent series A History of the World in 100 Objects and the writing of pop anthropologist Daniel Miller, author of The Comfort of Things. Also referred to is The Hare with Amber Eyes, a book by Edmund de Waal which I was lucky enough to receive as a gift this Christmas. All of these outlets consider the object as a romantic ideal, much like The Significant Object – covered on this blog here.
I’ve long been fascinated by the idiosyncratic significance we bestow on the objects we surround ourselves with, whether pragmatically or sentimentally. New technology may well be able to unravel the mystery slightly, as discussed, but I think there will always be something a little magical about the power of the object. It’s one of the things that attracted me to design in the first place, and it’s something I don’t quite want explained away.