The replica furniture debate shows no signs of slowing down, encouraging those of us who sit on the fence (myself included), to think a little more about which camp they sit it. Are we adamantly against the idea of replicas or are we completely OK with this seemingly increasing design trend?
I’m still undecided. Even after writing about this topic on the blog before.
A new war on replica furniture by four iconic local brands might help us all make up our minds.
Arthur G, Euroluce, Workshopped and Luxmy Furniture have all joined forces, taking a stance against replicas through a thought-provoking art installation. It was conceptualised and designed by Design by Toko as part of Sydney InDesign 2015. An undeniable local attraction in Sydney’s Surry Hills, it’s certainly got people talking.
Under the banner ‘Authentic’, the installation aims to make the public more aware of the onslaught of designer copies, particularly those duplicated from leading design houses, whose pieces are mass produced in countries like China before being sold in local replica stores.
“It takes thousands of dollars and a huge amount of creativity and hard work to produce original design,” says Priyanka Rao of Luxmy Design. “It is heartbreaking to see works from our collection and fellow local businesses ruthlessly ripped off with no respect for the designer or manufacturer involved in bringing that product to life”.
John Aiello from Eurolace says that the debate is about more than just the inferior quality of replicas, but also about loss of jobs, damage of designer credibility and and undermining of the market for the maker.
“If this plagiarism continues to grow, [we] may eventually see some of these authentic brands pull out of Australia,” he said.
The Hill Street precinct will be open to the public as part of Sydney InDesign from Thursday 13 to Sunday 23 August 2015. For further information on Sydney InDesign visit sydneyindesign.com.au
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