konstantin grcic elaborates on replicas
 
konstantin grcic elaborates on replicas konstantin grcic elaborates on replicas
sep 18, 2009

konstantin grcic elaborates on replicas

miura barstool by konstantin grcic for plank, 2005 image courtesy of konstantin grcic

as part of the opening week of experimentadesign lisboa 09, a number of conferences were hosted at the teatro camões located in the expo area of lisbon. one of this year’s speakers was konstantin grcic who returned to experimentalisboa, 10 years after his first visit to the biennale. grcic addressed the issue of time in furniture manufacturing and discussed the notion of production… and how easy it has become to replicate pieces.

the ‘replica konstantin grcic miura stool’

a web-site of a furniture distributor sells the ‘replica konstantin grcic miura stool’. they have noted that the stool is a ‘high quality, unlicensed replica of the original design by konstantin grcic. matt blatt is not affiliated or associated with the designer konstantin grcic or with plank colleziiono srl, the manufacturer of the original miura stool.‘

a website selling a counterfeit version of the miura stool under a completely different name, the ‘hexa’ stool

chair one by konstantin grcic for magis, 2004 photo by tom vack image courtesy of konstantin grcic

the ‘replica web chair’

copying grcic’s original design ‘chair one’, this web-site has now called their versionthe ‘replica web chair’. they describe it as, ‘inspired by the original ‘chair one’ designed by konstantin grcic and sold under license by magis, this contemporary chair is stackable and made of aluminium. the legs are made of polishing aluminum, the seat of die cast aluminium making this chair lightweight and strong!‘

air-arm chair by jasper morrison for magis, 2002-2005 image courtesy of magis

the ‘chinatown chair’ which is a complete copy of jasper morrison’s air-armchair

the web-site states that the ‘chinatown chair’ is ‘based on an original chinese design, brought up to date. it is now a versatile dining, side or even outdoor chair. comes in a soft white finish.‘

one of the examples which grcic provided of other designers works being replicated was a home-made DIY cardboard version of naoto fukasawa’s muji wall-mounted CD player image via vvank

designboom was there to film his speech.here’s an excerpt from it.

  • As a product designer based in Australia, I am constantly disgusted that the legal right is with those who market and sell copies (not replicas) of original works.
    Matt blatt is worse than pond scum, feeding off the design industry. He has taken magazines to court for refusing to print his adds, and actually makes more profit per item than those selling the original in some cases
    It is sad that governments around the world support people like this.

    matt blatt is scum says:
  • [url=https://www.mattblatt.com.au] Matt blatt [/url]
    is worse than pond scum, which is actually a popular term for aquatic algae …

    for those not in the know says:
  • konstantin rocks

    ko says:
  • Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni’s
    [url=http://www.replicafurniture.com.au/ashop/html/95.html] arco floor lamp [/url]

    Ernst says:
  • “Knockoffs, if done faithfully, ensure that objects are available to a wider range of people and spread awareness of good design” James Biber, an architect at the firm Pentagram, in an article of [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/28/garden/28KNOL.html] NYT [/url].

    Walter Flavin says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

(13 articles)

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
501,538 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample