1001 Drops


What if a spoon could advance beyond its simple functionality and actually heighten our experience of taste? What if it could cause each drop of flavor to burst over our taste buds like the popping of a thousand pomegranate seeds? That is the idea behind 1001 drops, a single spoon made of myriad interconnected microspoons that brings the user into a more intimate connection with the sensation of taste.



This concept began simple enough as a series of sketches. What happens if we shift the placement of the handle fro the outside to the inside? In the case of the coffee cup, the effect was to alter the whole script – the balance of form and function changed, but so also did the play perception and experience, and the drama of the coffee cup played out in new and exciting ways


The “objective” world is one of facts, data, and actuality. The world of the “nonobject” is about perception, experience, and possibility. In this highly original and visually extravagant book, Branko Lukic (an award-winning designer) and Barry Katz (an authority on the history and philosophy of design) imagine what would happen if design started not from the object but from the space between people and the objects they use. The “nonobject,” they explain, is the designer’s personal experiment to explore our relation to the observable world.

NONOBJECT proposes a radically new approach to design: In contrast to “human-centered design,” which starts from the needs of existing users, or the “object-centered” approach, which begins with the form and function of the product, NONOBJECT takes as its starting point the mysterious and largely unexplored space in between. Through a series of dramatic explorations derived from as-yet-undiscovered materials, imagined manufacturing processes, and invented rules, Branko Lukic investigates the transformations of everyday experience that might occur if we listened attentively to what Debussy called “the space between the notes.” The accompanying texts by Barry Katz locate these projects within the cultural dynamics of contemporary civilization.”

What is beyond User Centered design? The NONOBJECT book is about designing the intangible space between the user and the product. In this book, design meets philosophy, poetry and unbound possibilities. NONOBJECT: the space between you and the object.