Burckhardt called for a design that consciously takes into account the invisible overall system comprised of objects and interpersonal relationships. He obviously did not call for a design beyond vision. Yet, his slogan plays with vision and its role in design. Burckhardt calls for a design that is invisible, i.e. not to be seen or noticed. Beyond vision: Expanding the sensorium!
At this point the sense of smell can become relevant given that smells are often hardly noticed or perceived subconsciously. Scent is the unseen dimension! Accordingly, other sensory modalities are increasingly discussed in the design world. This is also the context for the upcoming major exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, i.e. the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.
The Senses: Design Beyond Vision
Image source: Heilig, M. L. (1992). EL Cine del Futuro: The Cinema of the Future. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 1(3), 279–294, p. 285.