London-based artist Jeremy Hutchison‘s ‘Erratum‘ is a project that invited factory workers from China, India, Turkey and Pakistan to purposefully insert an error into the products they make every day, removing their original function. The workers sent Hutchison these dysfunctional luxuries, which include a double-heeled stiletto and a cheese grater with no holes. The project comments on mass production, the plight of factory workers, and the element of humanity in the production process. Hutchison said:
True luxury has no function. It is not something to be used or understood. It is a feeling: beyond sense, beyond logic, beyond utility. It is an ethic of perfect dysfunctionality.
Erratum launched at a pop-up boutique at the Paradise Row gallery in London. Each limited edition product is numbered, sealed and authenticated with the provenance (factory name, worker, year of production). The collection will also be available to purchase online. Click through to see some of the dysfunctional items: