First it is important to define what an object is. An object is any material form given shape by a human-being. They exist though their materiality. We can call material everything which triggers our senses (it is interesting here to point at that olfaction is as well included), the senses are our door to the reality. We rely on them to be able to comprehend the world. Any object enters in the paradigm of the senses. Everything beyond this paradigm does not take part of our reality. Therefore an object is composed of a material with a specific tactility, a shape and color included by wave length of the human eyes and a sound for our ears.
The other condition which enters into the definition of an object is that it was shape by human-hand. Natural form doesn’t fall into this category simply because their existence is not link to human. An object creates by human has a complex relationship with the humanity.
Objects are empty shell, they take part of the reality thank to their materiality as we saw before, but what really give them life is the connection that is created when somebody use them. Each object has complex set of relation with human-being, what they communicate, what they signify. What is the function, how do they relate to the society and in what context.
Therefore the meaning of an object highly depends upon the person whom possess it. By changing hand goods change status, building down their identities, for their recontextualization. An unused object is a dead object. Eventually without this connection with the human object means nothing.
The idea is to identify what typology of form and use objects have, in order to understand what trigger the functional relation in between the human and objects. From this study I design several non-objects that use those typologies. Try here to demonstrate that any form used in the creation of design signify in our (sub-)conscious meaning. We (designers) create meaning that will live within a huge pre-existing world of sign. We cannot create meaning that is not well design.
“Everywhere one seeks to produce meaning, to make the world signify, to render it visible. We are not, however, in danger of lacking meaning; quite the contrary, we are gorged with meaning and it is killing us.” ― Jean Baudrillard