Objects Of Desire

Fay Sweet presents a five-part series investigating design.

Episodes

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Dream Catcher20161011

This is the story of how the things we accumulate around us say more than we might imagine about who we are.

"The fate of the object," said the French thinker Jean Baudrillard, "has been claimed by no-one." Unless, of course, the object in question is the Mona Lisa or the Alfred Jewel. In these programmes, Matthew Sweet will be looking at the other stuff. The cups. The spoons. The knick-knacks. The things we might keep, even if we don't quite have the room for them.

Through the prism of what people have in their homes, Objects of Desire explores the work of sociologists and anthropologists like Pierre Bourdieu and Mary Douglas, and philosopher Gaston Bachelard, in order to understand the curious mixture of display, memory, emotion and chance that informs the objects we surround ourselves with.

Episode Two - Dream Catcher. In which Jane, Debo and Peggy share with Matthew objects that connect them to particular people and memories, and the anthropologist Daniel Miller reflects on the way we use the things in our homes to represent aspects of our lives and selves.

"The fate of the object," said the French thinker Jean Baudrillard, "has been claimed by no-one." Unless, of course, the object in question is the Mona Lisa or the Albert Jewel. In these programmes, Matthew Sweet will be looking at the other stuff. The cups. The spoons. The knick-knacks. The things we might keep, even if we don't quite have the room for them.

Through the prism of what people have in their homes, Ojects of Desire explores the work of sociologists and anthropologsts like Pierre Bourdieu and Mary Douglas, and philosopher Gaston Bachelard, in order to understand the curious mixture of display, memory, emotion and chance that informs the objects we surround ourselves with.

Episode Two - Dream Catcher. In which Matthew explores the way our possessions and our homes connect us with dreams and memories.

Order And Territory20161012
Order And Territory20161012

This is the story of how the things we accumulate around us say more than we might imagine about who we are.

"The fate of the object," said the French thinker Jean Baudrillard, "has been claimed by no-one." Unless, of course, the object in question is the Mona Lisa or the Alfred Jewel. In these programmes, Matthew Sweet will be looking at the other stuff. The cups. The spoons. The knick-knacks. The things we might keep, even if we don't quite have the room for them.

Through the prism of what people have in their homes, Objects of Desire explores the work of sociologists and anthropologists like Pierre Bourdieu and Mary Douglas, and philosopher Gaston Bachelard, in order to understand the curious mixture of display, memory, emotion and chance that informs the objects we surround ourselves with.

Episode Three - Order and Territory. In which Julie reflects on some seriously tidy cupboards; Gerry and Jan consider the presence of her mother's ashes in the conservatory; and Matthew invites the sociologist Rachel Hurdley and the writer and researcher Ed Attlee to reflect on our need to order our homes and carve out personal space within them.

Such Stuff20161010
Such Stuff20161010

This is the story of how the things we accumulate around us, our homes and our stuff tell us more than we might imagine about who we are. Matthew Sweet talks to people in their own homes, and explores the work of sociologists like Pierre Bourdieu and philosopher Gaston Bachelard, in order to understand the curious mixture of display, memory, emotion and chance that informs the objects with which we choose to surround ourselves.

Episode One: Such Stuff. In which Matthew Sweet investigates the relationship we have with the stuff that surrounds us. He talks to Sioned (who has lots of stuff) and to Jordan (who has much less) and explores the philosophical and anthropological background to our relationship with things with academics Bill Brown and Daniel Miller.

The Nest20161014
The Nest20161014

This is the story of how the things we accumulate around us say more than we might imagine about who we are.

"The fate of the object," said the French thinker Jean Baudrillard, "has been claimed by no-one." Unless, of course, the object in question is the Mona Lisa or the Alfred Jewel. In these programmes, Matthew Sweet will be looking at the other stuff. The cups. The spoons. The knick-knacks. The things we might keep, even if we don't quite have the room for them.

Through the prism of what people have in their homes, Objects of Desire explores the work of sociologists and anthropologists like Pierre Bourdieu and Mary Douglas, and philosopher Gaston Bachelard, in order to understand the curious mixture of display, memory, emotion and chance that informs the objects we surround ourselves with.

Episode Five: The Nest. In which Matthew explores the relationships we have with our childhood homes, and the ways in which we use our homes and possessions as a refuge. Mike has vivid and treasured memories of the pubs his parents ran across the North East, and now has a lounge with a bar in it. Meanwhile, in Cardiff, Ailsa reflects on how serious illness has changed her approach to her surroundings. Also in the programme, the writer and researcher Edwina Attlee discusses French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's ideas about home.

The Unlovely20161013
The Unlovely20161013

This is the story of how the things we accumulate around us say more than we might imagine about who we are.

"The fate of the object," said the French thinker Jean Baudrillard, "has been claimed by no-one." Unless, of course, the object in question is the Mona Lisa or the Albert Jewel. In these programmes, Matthew Sweet will be looking at the other stuff. The cups. The spoons. The knick-knacks. The things we might keep, even if we don't quite have the room for them.

Through the prism of what people have in their homes, Objects of Desire explores the work of sociologists and anthropologists like Pierre Bourdieu and Mary Douglas, and philosopher Gaston Bachelard, in order to understand the curious mixture of display, memory, emotion and chance that informs the objects we surround ourselves with.

Episode Four - The Unlovely. In which Suzanne, Debo, Sioned and Ailsa reveal to Matthew unwanted gifts, things they bought for reasons that now seem obscure, and stuff they just plain hate; and sociologist Rachel Hurdley reflects on the moral economy at the heart of sending unwanted objects to the charity shop.

01Alessi20010101

Featuring a visit to the Italian lakes where, since the 1920s, the Alessi factory has been producing exquisite household objects, drawing on the talents of designers including Philippe Starck and Norman Foster.

02Ideo20010102

Sweet visits global design company Ideo and sits in on a brainstorming session for a new digital radio.

03Starck20010103

A profile of French designer Philippe Starck, who has designed products as diverse as hotels, cheese graters, boats and chairs.

04Pentagram20010104

Sweet examines multidisciplinary company Pentagram, whose work includes designs for the classic Kenwood mixer and graphics for Biba, as well as streetlamps, computers, books, websites and posters.

05 LASTVitra20010105

A profile of a Swiss-German manufacturer whose innovative working practices include commissioning buildings by the likes of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid and running its own design museum.