Object Interview

What if a Lamp Stole Another Lamp’s Hat?

Amsterdam

2 February 2018

“Oh-oh, I can’t see anything. Can someone help me?” says Kathrine Barbro Bendixen’s Inside Out lamp, a design made from 50m of cleaned, inflated intestines taken from the belly of a cow. Two eye-like lights on Renske Rothuizen’s laboratory-esque Lemonade Factory click on. “I may have a solution,” says Lemonade Factory, “but it will take a while.” Lemonade Factory immediately begins making lemonade to no avail. “Oh shit,” concludes Inside Out.

So runs the dialogue in one of designer Alexandre Humbert’s Object Interview films, a series of cinematic shorts in which inanimate things talk to one another. In discussion, the objects share their hopes and fears; their ludicrousness and playfulness; their obsessions and vanities. “Object Interview isn’t focusing on the story or process of an object,” says Humbert. “It’s about the post-process after an object is born and what is happening in its daily life. The designer creates an object and then I try to find its personality.”

Humbert’s project applies narrative to designed objects, suggesting interior lives so as to provide a new way for society to come to terms with the richness of our material world. “Objects have stories to tell, but there are a lot of ways of telling those stories,” says Humbert. “People care about the emotions that an object can really produce in their daily lives. I thought it was important to bring back attention to objects that people don’t look at in this way.”

Disegno is now delighted to launch online Object Interview Hors-série n°1, the first time in which an Object Interview has existed outside of film and instead moved into a textual format. For this first dialogue, Humbert imagines a meeting between Front’s Horse lamp for Moooi and Nicholai Wiig Hansen’s Night Owl lamp for Fritz Hansen – two old friends who enjoy a chance meeting in the street.


A Tuesday afternoon in the city, Horse Lamp and Night Owl bump into each other.

HORSE LAMP
Wow, no way, Night Owl!

NIGHT OWL
Hey, it’s been a while.

HORSE LAMP
Too long! What are you doing in town?

NIGHT OWL
Just chilling. About to meet some old friends.

HORSE LAMP
Sounds good… You look sharp! Where are you living now?

NIGHT OWL
Copenhagen. It’s been almost a year. Quiet, pretty dark and beautiful – I feel like staying there for a while.

HORSE LAMP
Hmmm. I would love to visit. What about your hat? Did you buy it there? I’m looking for the same one.

NIGHT OWL
Long story. It’s actually one of the reasons I’m back here for a few days.

HORSE LAMP
Funny: mine was stolen two weeks ago and it looked just like yours. When I went to replace it, they gave me this circular topless piece. They painted it black and told me that I’d look awesome. Do I?

NIGHT OWL
Ahem.

HORSE LAMP
I still feel water on my head when it’s raining but I just need to get used to it, I guess. I miss the one that I had before though…

NIGHT OWL
I have to go.

HORSE LAMP
Already? I just told you something really important. Why are you blushing? Y’know, you’re starting to act all weird. Is there something that I should know about your hat you’re not telling me?

NIGHT OWL
I’m sorry but I can’t tell you. Bad timing. I really need to go.

[Night Owl tries to get away from Horse Lamp.]

HORSE LAMP
Whoah-hoh-hoh, stay here. I need an explanation. Is that… is that my hat you’re wearing?

NIGHT OWL
Yes.

HORSE LAMP
What?

NIGHT OWL
I didn’t know it was yours! I bought it on the darknet and had to come back to pick it up. Bye!

[Night Owl runs away. Horse Lamp can’t catch him: his new hat is too heavy.]

HORSE LAMP
Night Owl stealing my hat – I can’t believe it.