I'm looking for a word that means "something valuable (intrinsically) because of its dysfunctional nature that makes it unnapealing for profit or production."
From OP's comment
should be dysfunctional, for only in its "functionlessness" can it fullfill its lack of purpose
Some questions to ask yourself when wondering if something is kitch are:
- "Is it tacky?"
- "Does it serve any practical purpose?" and finally
- "Does it devalue someone or something that is extremely famous or valued?"
If the answers to these questions are: "yes, no, yes," then it is probably kitch.
Being the pain in the butt that I am I would argue that any such things practical purpose is to make people stare at it and wonder what its purpose is.
That isn't to say I ascribe to form over function or form following function. I think the two are in a never ending dead lock with neither being the beginning or the end.
I also think kitschy knick knacks are a fun way to annoy people.
Sounds like you're putting
form over function
the design of something is given precedence over that thing’s ability to get work done.
This is in contrast to
form following function
a principle associated with modernist architecture and industrial design in the 20th century. The principle is that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose.
This never ending artistic debate centers around the fact that having a form can be an objects function. Ignore that and you can argue either side of this. Acknowledge it and this becomes a distinction without a difference.
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