This chapter explores how the form of an object is a function of values and priorities and is a physical expression of meanings. Specifically, the Bauhaus chess set of 1923/24, designed by Josef Hartwig, is discussed in relation to a new propositional design, the Balanis chess set. Where the Bauhaus design is a physical expression of the ideas and principles of modernity, the Balanis design represents an attempt to embody the ideas and principles of the quadruple bottom line of sustainability. Its physical form is a function of a variety of interconnected factors such as localization, empathy with nature and relationship to the spiritual self. Each of these chess set designs can be seen as attempts to encompass and express issues relevant to their time. When a functional object is considered within a larger landscape of human needs, which includes concern for others, for place and for consequence, its value can be understood in quite different terms.