We tend think of designs as, by definition, the solution to some specific problem. This neat series of non-specific home objects intentionally leaves that key part out of the equation, asking the question: what happens when meaning must evolve from use?

Roman Heide is a French-, Italian-, and English-speaking German product designer who treats household objects with an open-minded versatility one might expect from someone familiar with various verbal and visual languages.

Playing with multiple materials – including tinted and clear glass, polished and anodized aluminum, powder-coated steel, ash wood, white plastic and paper mache – he probes the possibilities of physical and mental associations, conjured at the intersection of objects and perceptions.

There is no attempt to make any one item the centerpiece of the collection, nor to specify the manner in which it should be used. A saucer could be a serving dish, dinner plate or perhaps a chopping block for firewood.

There is a kind of guerrilla-art quality to the finished pieces – they could slip unnoticed into a cupboard or sit indefinitely on a table, only to take on a new function the next time they are picked up, moved and employed.