Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2011

Abstract

In today’s world, many of the items we use are designed to be used for a very specific purpose, in a specific context. Chairs, tables, soda cans, and other objects tend to be made from template, without consideration for how people really use them. In practice, there are many ways that new functions will emerge, independent of what the original intent was. For example, common dining chairs that are intended just to be used for sitting on are also used to hang clothes and bags, or as a temporary spot for a book. This piece approaches the idea that we do not know how people will use an item until they actually begin to interact with them and live with them, and that people never exactly know what they want out of an object until they have used them for a while. In concept, a highly modular and easily changeable group of objects will allow people to figure out for themselves what functions they desire, and reconfigure them as time passes, based on what works and what does not.

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