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Brief Published: 10 Jul 2012

Jacques Carelman Impossible Objects


Continuing the legacy of late French artist Jacques Carelman’s Catalogue d’Objets Introuvable (1969) – a collection of ingenious everyday objects designed with an unconventional twist –ImpossibleObjects.com – an online design website – created scaled-down reproductions of the originals.

Using the same materials as Carelman, the handcrafted copies – described as “perfectly useless” – show the everyday, ubiquitous objects injected with humour and wit. The most renowned piece, Coffeepot for Masochists (pictured), designed with the spout facing the opposite way round to scold the user, is currently available to buy.

The company is also asking the public to vote online for what it should reproduce and sell next.

Impossible Objects