Those of you who were in Sydney for the Sydney Festival earlier in 2013 will recognise the infamous giant inflatable rubber duck by Florentijin Hofman that was seen floating in Sydney Harbour for the duration of the festival.
Organisers of Beijing Design Week have announced that the original 10-metre high plastic anatidae will be making an appearance during the festival as a way to highlight issues of copyright.
Another version of the duck – also authentic – was shown in Hong Kong earlier this year and inspired a raft of counterfeit inflatable ducks popping up in waters all over China, including cities Tianjin and Wuhan.
There have also been reports of inauthentic merchandise being distributed featuring the famous inflatable quacker.
Beijing Design Week event organisers hope that using the authentic duck will raise awareness around the issue of copying in design – and has pledged to take legal action against any unlicensed copies.
We’re designing it in China and having it made in Portugal. Why? Because it’s really just the best craft we’ve seen so far. What we’re saying is that China needs to step out there and show the world that we can also design and create. It’s not about the world bringing the designs into China’s factory to make, but we’re bringing Chinese design out to the world to make.
This year’s Workshopped exhibition – the 12th from the talented team – is themed ‘Local Design, Global Market: Be an international designer‘.
The event will showcase over 60 designers from around Australian plus guests from New Zealand and the USA.
Workshopped Director, Raymond Scott said, “We were overwhelmed with applications for this year’s exhibition – there’s a great range of designs and a number we hope will make it to market.”
The Workshopped team passionately support authentic design and have a vision of there one day being an authentic Australian design in every Australian home.
The exhibition launch event – which has fast become one of Sydney’s leading design events – is on Wednesday 31st October – with over 800 members of the design industry expected to attend.
The exhibition then runs from Thursday 1st November through to Saturday 10th November and admission is free.7
The Emeco Navy Chair® vs The Restoration Hardware ‘Naval Chair’.
Emeco, the genuine handcraft company based in Hanover, Pennsylvania, today sued home furnishing giant Restoration Hardware and its former CEO and present “Creator and Curator” Gary Friedman, asserting claims for trade dress and trademark counterfeiting and infringement.
What Restoration Hardware is trying to do is bad for the American consumer, bad for American jobs and bad for the global environment.
–Gregg Buchbinder, Emeco CEO.
The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco in the United States District Court, alleges that Restoration Hardware has engaged in willful and flagrant infringement of Emeco’s trade dress and trademark rights for its world-renowned Navy Chair® by selling a series of cheap knockoffs with the near-identical “Naval Chair” name that copy verbatim the iconic and highly distinctive design of the Navy Chair®. The irreparable harm caused by Restoration Hardware, an established company, to Emeco’s reputation and significant goodwill is massive, incomparable to that caused by a typical, small-time counterfeiter. The real deal: Emeco’s iconic Navy Chair
Emeco has filed this action to halt that harm and protect its exclusive rights. Emeco seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction to stop Restoration Hardware’s unlawful conduct and the damages to which the law entitles it. The allegedly illegally manufactured counterfeits also include the, “Navy Armchairs”, “Navy Barstools” and “Navy Counter stools” – exact counterfeits of Emeco’s Navy Chair® Collection.
Emeco’s quality guarantee of The Navy Chair® is the result of elaborate and precise specifications developed by the U.S. Navy in 1944 in conjunction with ALCOA Aluminum. These specifications are still used by the craftsmen at Emeco in a unique 77-step process that meets the most stringent American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) standards. The chairs are tested to last 150 years.
Emeco is an American success story that has demonstrated to the market its value and sustainability. We create American jobs and work with the best designers to manufacture a product respected and sought after around the world. For us, stealing our Navy Chair® design is like stealing the Nike Swoosh or the Mercedes Benz logo, and then exploiting our brand and reputation to produce an inferior product.
– Gregg Buchbinder, Emeco CEO.
Looking for fakes? ”Back in 5″ – Thats the word on the street where counterfeit material is most common in Beijing last week.
In areas where procurement of pirated DVDs and access to designer clothing rip-offs is most prevalent, a peculiar blackout on dodgy trade had descended, leaving locals and visitors on the hunt for a “bargain”, scratching their heads.
The reason for the break in regular transmission was the World Intellectual Property Convention (run by the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO), which was running in the Nations Capital over the last week in June.
Interestingly pointed out by the Sydney Morning Herald’s China correspondent John Garnaut:
The pirating of fashion labels and cultural content upsets multinational companies but raises little concern among citizens in China.
Mass outbreaks of fake food, counterfeit medicine and adulterated milk, on the other hand, cause outrage.
Perhaps most telling, was that retailers who were drastically reducing the price and hiding the inauthenticity of their goods to keep sales moving during the ban, were confident of return to business-as-usual as soon as delegates departed.