Emotions for the Necessary

Savaş, Özlem
Emotional relationships with material objects can not be thought as isolated from social and material conditions of existence. This paper is an attempt to introduce the question of economic means into debates on "design and emotion". It firstly addresses the role of economic means in crediting objects with emotions and subsequently evaluates approaches of 'design and emotion' with regard to varied meanings and ways of forging emotional relationships with objects, which is largely shaped by material conditions of existence. Based on individual interviews, it was found that economically deprived people tend to articulate "emotions for the necessary" through a narrative on material objects which privileges necessities. Yet, 'design and emotion' movement, basing itself on a divorce between function and emotion and dissociating emotions from the world of necessities, excludes those emotions for the necessary. Keywords


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Ö. Savaş, “Emotions for the Necessary,” ODTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Dergisi, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 163–175, 2008, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: http://jfa.arch.metu.edu.tr/archive/0258-5316/2008/cilt25/sayi_1/163-175.pdf.