Artist Jeremy Hutchison wrote to factory managers and asked to order one of their products, but with an error. The error had to render the product unusable (for its ordinary purpose), and the factory working making the object had to choose the error.
Some factories ignored the request. One produced a flawed object only to have customs destroy it before it could leave the country. But many produced delightfully… erroneous objects.
This shovel with the handle backwards is one of my favorites. There’s also a pipe with nowhere to put tobacco, a comb with no teeth, and a variety of other misassembled or destroyed objects.
(via Creative Review)