May 6, 2012

HOME MADE EUROPE

We love Vladimir Arkhipov's new compendium, published by Fuel design group and launched at Paul Smith in Milan. The Russian artist and collector criss-crossed Europe in the name of research, tracking down ordinary people who have addressed their basic household needs with extraordinary inventions, often involving bits and bobs of other, less essential household objects.

Many of these objects look like art, says Jeremy Deller, the Turner Prize-winning artist who wrote the book's foreward, but in actual fact art looks like, if not aspires to be like, these objects.

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