Monday, April 06, 2015

Real or copycat: The thorny issue of authenticity in design.

We like to share an interesting essay about authenticity or copy in industrial design, by Nathalie Atkinsons; just an extract:

/.../ The Eames chair is now in the vernacular of design vocabulary. Consumers can buy derivatives of the archetype from a variety of sources. The chair costs $69 at Structube, while at Kitchen Stuff Plus it’s on sale for $39.99. Versions with the licensed Eames name attached are about $400. Are the cheaper ones infringements on a designer? Which to buy without guilt? /.../