Erratum

A cheesegrater without any holes, a comb with no teeth, a diary that’s impossible to open – London-based artist Jeremy Hutchison has developed a range of products that all have one vital flaw.

Incorrectly manufactured cheesegrater, designed and fabricated by factory worker Zeng Wei Cheng at Yangjiang Dreamhome Industrial Co., Ltd, Yangjiang, China

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Incorrectly manufactured cheesegrater, designed and fabricated by factory worker Zeng Wei Cheng at Yangjiang Dreamhome Industrial Co., Ltd, Yangjiang, China

Each product in the Erratum range has been made with one error that renders it useless. Hence design crimes such as the leadless pencil and the bent golf club.

Selecting factories across China, India, Poland, Turkey and Pakistan, Hutchison invited workers to insert – at their own discretion – an error into items they typically produce. Each is therefore a one-off, an aberration from the production line.

Hutchison says the items display ‘dysfunctional luxury’, stating ‘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.’

The Erratum range is the antithesis of William Morris’s mantra ‘have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’

The limited-edition Erratum range will be available from a pop-up at Paradise Row, 74a Newman Street, London W1, from 5 December, and also at www.erratum.co.

Incorrectly manufactured pencil, designed and fabricated by factory worker Mr Akash at Galaxy Pencils Mfg. Co., Akurdi, India

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Incorrectly manufactured pencil, designed and fabricated by factory worker Mr Akash at Galaxy Pencils Mfg. Co., Akurdi, India

Incorrectly manufactured diary, designed and fabricated by factory worker Lu Gang at Room 1102, No.5, Minor Lane 26, Lane 285, Mudanjiang Road, Shanghai, China

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Incorrectly manufactured diary, designed and fabricated by factory worker Lu Gang at Room 1102, No.5, Minor Lane 26, Lane 285, Mudanjiang Road, Shanghai, China

Incorrectly manufactured golf club, designed and fabricated by factory worker Liyuan Wu at Fujian Putian Liyuan Machinery Co.,Ltd, Xiuyu, China

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Incorrectly manufactured golf club, designed and fabricated by factory worker Liyuan Wu at Fujian Putian Liyuan Machinery Co.,Ltd, Xiuyu, China

Incorrectly manufactured glasses, designed and fabricated by factory worker Mr King at Wenzhou Yidao Optical Co., Ltd., Wenzhou, China.

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Incorrectly manufactured glasses, designed and fabricated by factory worker Mr King at Wenzhou Yidao Optical Co., Ltd., Wenzhou, China.

Incorrectly manufactured comb, designed and fabricated by factory workers Mr Kartick, Mr Ram and Mr Vikash at Star Creations Ltd., Kolkata, India

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Incorrectly manufactured comb, designed and fabricated by factory workers Mr Kartick, Mr Ram and Mr Vikash at Star Creations Ltd., Kolkata, India

Incorrectly manufactured shovel, designed and fabricated by factory worker Henryk Wegner at Romanik Tools S.A., Gdansk, Poland

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Incorrectly manufactured shovel, designed and fabricated by factory worker Henryk Wegner at Romanik Tools S.A., Gdansk, Poland

Incorrectly manufactured saw, designed and fabricated by factory worker Wind Cheng at Thriven Suzhou Zinghua Factory, Suzhou, China

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Incorrectly manufactured saw, designed and fabricated by factory worker Wind Cheng at Thriven Suzhou Zinghua Factory, Suzhou, China

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