A More Object Orientated World

A Chair that wants to be interacted with. Feeling unhappy when it’s neglected and content when used, the user is encouraged to engage with the object. Through a visual language of LEDs the chair can communicate with the user, asking them to sit down as the lights countdown from green into red. This is an object orientated perspective that responds to Timothy Morton’s ‘Humankind’ by emphasising that objects can carry agency in our everyday lives. It also consider’s themes from Dunne & Raby’s ‘Technological Dreams’ but within a more relatable context.

Within the abstract setting of a home, the chair disrupts the norm by becoming the actuator that influences the user. A traditional hierarchy of human over non-human is reversed as the chair has a language to convey it’s emotions to the user.

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Ben Manders