Memento Collection - The Joy of Objects
Embodying the marriage between science and art, design duo Yellowdot is fascinated by the value of physical objects in an increasingly digitalized world. To answer the question ‘Why do we preserve some things passionately and discard others without thought?’, they looked into vintage markets and people’s homes around the world and found that our tendency for collecting memories is universal. What is treasured at the end of the day, is not necessarily the most expensive items, or the most functional, but rather, the mementos that possess meaning to us. Whether an heirloom jewel or a beautiful seashell found on vacation – the emotions, story, and memories that come with an object are what make its true value.
Inspired by the mesmerizing sight of soap bubbles frozen in time, the ‘Memento' collection is an exploration of new ways to treasure and share objects that provide people with joy and inspiration. Composed of a divider screen, light dome, capsule, and desk tray to elegantly display one’s favourite memories and objects to give them a special place within the living space.
Yuta Kurimoto (Visual Design)
Indhouse Design Lab (Textiles)
The Joy of Objects
Like the cabinets of curiosity from the pre-modern era, objects collected and displayed told a story and reflected the way their owners shaped their world. They were the centrepiece of homes, some drawing curious visitors from afar sparking countless conversations amongst inquiring minds. Today, where objects and furniture are mass produced – they are often homogeneous and too perfect, thus discouraging any ‘intervention’ with little room for personalization and self-expression. The lack of any emotional ownership can feed the cycle of overconsumption thus further cluttering up our living space or even worst, lead to possessions that are easily discarded without any thought, adding to landfills in the process (endowment effect).
Since the industrial revolution, we own more things than ever before and rather than increasing our happiness, we are faced with a reduced levels of well-being and reduced quality of life. As we seek more authentic experiences, the opportunity to take part in the process and influence the end result can provide a way forward to rekindle the joy and love we once found in objects that accompany our lives.
The Future of Memory
In today’s era, where technology has provided us with great convenience, acting like a memory prosthetic to store more dates, directions, information, photos, and videos than ever before. Through the act of cognitive offloading, few have realized that technology has also rewired how our brain stores memory and its long-term consequences (the google effect). One worrisome disadvantage through digitalization may be making our life experiences less vivid in our memories, missing the depth and breadth of some of life’s best moments and having less time for contemplation and to build deeper connections.
Thus, the role of real objects in an increasingly virtual world, physical mementos with their smell, texture and weight will an irreplaceable tool in the future as objects the most effective ways to access past memories. Objects which are typically collected are hidden and left to be forgotten, but through careful curation, they can help navigate the past and provide inspirations for the future.
Bubbling Light Dome
Inspired by the brilliant shimmer of soap bubbles, the bubbling light made of transparent blown glass sits carefully around your treasured objects and trinkets. The LED light ring within provides a soft celestial glow to illuminate the iridescent dome, offering an enchanting and unique view of your precious object collection from every angle.
Dimension: 16 dia x 27 H cm
Material: blown iridescent glass, resin or wood
Wall of Wonders
A modular room divider for holding and displaying objects and treasures. Composed from a series of arch shaped windows, objects are suspended within the each window by two layers of stretched elastic thin film thermopolymer, allowing objects to appear to be ‘floating’. Each window offering a glimpse into another world, while offering protection and allowing visitors to touch, share and admire the collection.
Dimension: 160 W x 180 H x 3 W cm
Material: wood, TPU thin film, 3D knit nylon
Special thank you to our collaborators Indhouse Design Lab (Tiffany, Vince and team) for working with us to create one-of a kind textile from 3d knitting technology. Also to Yuta Kurimoto, very talented visual designer based in Milan for creating our collaterals and lastly our Hong Kong team (Kayla, Boris, Derry) for helping with the preparations!