What is a cheese grater without its holes? What good is a smoking pipe with a sealed bowl? Artist Jeremy Hutchison goes on a vendetta against functionality with a declaration that true luxury – or perhaps even the pursuit of pure aesthetic – serves no function. His exhibit Erratum puts on display and sale at a London gallery such “dysfunctional” pieces to prove his point. Hutchison’s handpicked list of errors, his chosen erratum, goes out to selected manufacturers so that they purposely insert these fundamental design errors. The merchandise, now art, eliminates function out of the equation so that the consumer is forced to existentially ponder: what is in fact a luxury good?

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