Design is a problem solving process. The weight, materials, strength and balance of a piece will be resolved to enable it to function for many years, to feel great, to be comfortable, to achieve its purpose, and to be visually satisfying.
Replica furniture is a copy in looks only. The materials, comfort and manufacturing standards are compromised. When the quality is not so great, we are more likely to throw it away sooner rather than later.
The problem is, there is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw something away, it doesn’t magically disappear. It goes somewhere. The warning bells are ringing loudly: we have a responsibility to stop this ‘fast furniture’ mentality.
Authentic design is honest
As consumers we need to be asking Who designed this furniture? Who manufactured it? What is it made of? Were the people who made it justly rewarded for their labour? Were toxic chemicals used? How much energy was needed to package and ship it?
Replica designer furniture rides on the reputation of the designer it was named after or copied from but doesn’t pay for the privilege. Unfortunately, Australia’s laws make it difficult for designers to protect their intellectual property. Manufacturers are able to take advantage of legal loopholes or expired copyright to make copies of the original without legally owing the designer anything.
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Cover image source: Heide Museum of Modern Art publication, ‘Design For Life: Grant and Mary Featherston’ by Denise Whitehouse