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Deformed Product Art

The Errors in Production by Heike Bollig Beautifies Manufacturing Mistakes

— March 18, 2012 — Unique
Manufacturing mistakes occur on a minute basis—after all, the people behind a product’s creation are just human—and the ‘Errors in Production’ art series celebrates these common albeit rare malfunctions. Started in 2004, nearly 50 deformed products have been found. In reality, this is a minuscule number considering the billions of products in the world. Nevertheless, the find in the Errors in Production series showcases are still impressive.

Conceived and created by German artist Heike Bollig, the Errors in Production series is comprised of everything from malformed marshmallows to perforation-less toilet paper.  Bollig writes, “Due to strict quality management in production and the striving for perfection and efficiency it is extraordinarily rare to find such lone objects that deviate from the canon of industrial standardization.” Hence, it is an ongoing project.
Trend Themes
1. Celebration of Imperfection - Opportunity for businesses to create products highlighting unique, one-of-a-kind features or flaws that add character and value.
2. Individuality in Mass Production - Potential for businesses to incorporate individuality and customization into the mass production process to create unique, personalized products for consumers.
3. Sustainable Manufacturing - Advancement in manufacturing technology to reduce the production of defective or imperfect products, promoting sustainable production and reducing waste.
Industry Implications
1. Art - Businesses in the art industry can explore the concept of 'Errors in Production' to create unique art pieces, highlighting the beauty in imperfection.
2. Manufacturing - Manufacturing companies can leverage new technologies to reduce defect rates and focus on product quality, resulting in more efficient production and less waste.
3. Consumer Goods - Consumer goods companies can incorporate the concept of individuality and unique features in their mass production practices to cater to consumers who seek unique and personalized products.
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