jon stam: cabinet of the (material & virtual) world
jon stam: cabinet of the (material & virtual) world jon stam: cabinet of the (material & virtual) world
nov 23, 2009

jon stam: cabinet of the (material & virtual) world

the cabinet of the (material & virtual) world is a design project combining physical objects and digital presence. the cabinet is the creation of jon stam, a canadian designer based out of the netherlands and belgium. as stam succinctly puts it ‘the objects to which we ascribe meaning are central in determining our place in the world. however, in our contemporary society ‘things of meaning’ can no longer be solely placed within the physical realm. this cabinet brings together both the material and virtual worlds with sixteen drawers for physical archiving on one face and sixteen corresponding engraved patterns linking to digital data on the other.’ the digital side uses dot matrix barcodes that when viewed through a camera phone or computer allow the user to access digital data such as photos or videos. the barcodes are permanent, but can be reprogrammed to link to new content. the design takes inspiration from historical curio cabinets of the sixteenth and seventeenth century and re-interprets it in a contemporary context.

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