This project was about research and meaning of design. Starting off with a quote by Hegel, in which he says that in the beginning there was nothing and from this nothingness everything derives, we came up with a discussion about the term “nothing”.
We, as humans, can not image nothing; even if we try so there is always something. As we have been looking for a reason for that we considered Wittgenstein, who said that “The Limits of my language mean the limits of my world”, which in this specific case would mean that in our world of language, that requires description of things in order to make them exist, nothingness cannot exist.
„The Limits of my language mean the limits of my world.“ Ludwig Lichtenstein
We developed the idea to design a service to prescribe objects for doing nothing to people that need to nurture their digital consumption.
Concept: a block of formed wood as a substitute to a mobile phone. An aid of over consuming digital media on the go. A nothingness consumption experience. As a recognisable object we based on a similar proportion & weight as the Apple iPhone 4: 3 layers, weight inserted, holes for the headphones / chargers, veneer applied on the front and back like the glass of the iPhone. Finishing: rounding edges, olive oil. Kept a raw /natural / tactile semantic. Faking’ the ability to use existing accessories (headphones & charger) to maintain interactions but consuming nothing.