The creation of intelligent objects with sensual capabilities and caring personalities; objects which will share our domestic environments and our public spaces, is a vision at once both unnerving and inviting. As research into smart materials, intelligent material systems and the whole spectrum of related areas such as biomimetics, nano-technology and neural systems converge, we are now in a situation where in ten years intelligent objects could realize this lucid projection. The problem comes when we begin to look at the implications of such future object-environments. Our eagerness to solve the complex technical problems associated with the processing and manufacture of smart materials must be placed in the broader context of human considerations. If we are to realize their potential, and optimize the benefits which smart materials and intelligent material systems could bring to our quality of life, we must develop a new approach that is both technologically advanced and sympathetic towards human needs. An approach that is a synthesis of the objective reality sought through science and the irrational, emotional subjectivity embraced in the arts. This paper looks at the design of intelligent objects for the home, examining the role of design, the product interface and the relationship between objects and ourselves within the home environment.