I find myself circling two issues, handmade and embodied meaning.
This is the “handmade ness” of it. An object, a chain in this case acts as a record of the making process and by extension of the maker, of the human touch. In a world where often an object is first touched as it is placed on a store shelf, this touch of the hand as I call it, offers a human presence in the objects around us.
We are left then with embodied meaning. A concept borrowed from Arthur Danto, whose thesis is that art is embodied meaning. My own interest tends toward referential meaning. By this I am suggesting that a shape or a design device can be used to reference an idea or historical convention.