Stories shape our view of objects. Even though stories don’t reveal the truth about things, we are still obsessed with them.
“The Object Without a Story” is a project by Andrea Bandoni and Joana Meroz. Having made an in-depth analysis of hundred of stories accompanying design objects, they used the most significant words and expressions to create random stories. The designers then created the objects described by these random stories, one of which is “The Archetypical Vase”.
Although the stories sound coherent, they are in fact completely arbitrary, thus questioning the validity of creating and understanding objects through stories.
Instead of an object being monopolized by the “official” story, it can be the starting point for multiple interpretations. “The Object Without a Story” leaves it up to the viewer to construct his own meaning.