Vladimir Arkhipov has travelled across Europe for this essential collection The objects he has found are made by everyday people inspired by the desire to create something themselves rather than buying manufactured goods. The book suggests that many of these utilitarian objects transcend the dictates of necessity, and that this passion for the home-made is not simply a consequence of hard times.
Featured among the 220 idiosyncratic objects are: a ski-bob made using an old bicycle frame from Austria; a titanium table tennis ball case from Russia; and a canoe outrigger constructed out of plumbing pipes from Wales. Other countries include Albania, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine. Each item is accompanied by a photograph of the creator, their story behind the object, its function, and the materials used to create it.