Storied Objects

Designed with attention to the creation and expression of an historical perspective, Storied Objects present us with an object-centric view of their existence over time. By acknowledging that an object's life can be reflected through storied output of its genealogy, history of social and cultural interactions, utilitarian features of the object, and many circumstances of which we are not aware, we explore methods for appropriate technological augmentation of an object, enabling the capture, reflection, sharing, and revealing of its stories. Through this approach, designers can enrich form and function of an object with narratives based on the historicity of everyday things. We have devised a case study, the Audio Bench, that considers how the capability for recording and expressing history can add aesthetic and cultural value�a �storiedness”—to the object.