I can't deny it.
First, if you're allergic to vapidity, modern design may not be the hobby for you. Have you ever read any of the descriptions/explanations/justifications that designers -- or at least their copywriters -- attach to their work?
Second, there have been lots of substantive comments about your lamps. I've made a couple myself. They might not be up to your hermeneutical standards, but there you are.
Finally, your vase is a joke.
It was a joke when you bought it. It is a joke now. Trust me. That vase is not the design hill you want to die on.
I think often it has to be their copy writers. My wife and I were discussing Holbein's 'The Ambassadors'. The anamorphic skull was written about as some grand expression about pointless vanities. Now I obviously have no idea if Holbein was attempting to make some grand gesture, but knowing a few painters I would say....probably not.
That kind of stuff is pervasive in modern and contemporary art, to the point that it most often causes me to roll my eyes long before taking it with even remote seriousness.
The same BS exists in furniture/carpentry. For ever I've been hearing about how Japanese use planes where they pull rather than push and the reasoning behind it. This is attributed from a western point of view as being related to religion and how it's bringing the spirit of the wood toward you. In speaking with my Japanese tool dealer (who is actually Japanese and from Japan) it is because smallish folks need to use the largest muscles in their upper body to pull very wide planes.
So if I am making a point, hah, it is that this stuff is almost always for practical reasons, then someone comes along and assigns something else to it.