As we said our goodbyes, Chantal’s eyes landed on an altogether banal object – the smartphone attachment on the handlebar of my baby stroller. “Now that’s interesting,” she exclaimed, looking it over. I could see the wheels turning in her head. This simple thing that I use every day without much thought is pregnant with potential. Its unremarkable purpose – keeping my screen ever in sight so I don’t miss a text message or a chance to feel indignant about whatever the New York Times tells me Donald Trump is up to – presents so many questions about my modern life.

Indeed everything we use has been designed. And everything designed is an object of interest at the mudac, a toy on Chantal’s metaphorical playground. Through this play, she helps us to learn more about ourselves and our world.

Photography by the talented Jagoda Wisniewska.