Beijing Design Week Confronts Copying with Giant Rubber Duck

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Beijing Design Week Confronts Copying with Giant Rubber Duck

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 ...

`Obsessed With Identity`: Chinese Architects Spark a New Discourse in Design

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments
`Obsessed With Identity`: Chinese Architects Spark a New Discourse in Design

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 ...

Don’t fake it if you can’t afford it

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Don’t fake it if you can’t afford it

Why is it that normally respectable folks, who wouldn’t be caught dead  wearing a fake Rolex, or carrying a fake Louis Vuitton, think it’s  fine to fill  their houses with fake designer furniture? Apart from the dubious ethics involved in stealing some impoverished Danish  designer’s hard work, and supporting a Chinese sweatshop industry where toddlers  ...

Celebrate Authentic Australian Design: Workshopped12 Exhibition

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Celebrate Authentic Australian Design: Workshopped12 Exhibition

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  – ...

Emeco sues Restoration Warehouse for stealing Navy Chair® Design

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Emeco sues Restoration Warehouse for stealing Navy Chair® Design

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 ...

Cobonpue Counters Counterfeits…

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Cobonpue Counters Counterfeits…

Arguably one of Asia’s biggest names in International design, Kenneth Cobonpue has hewn for himself a career that marries the best of Eastern manufacturing techniques and aesthetics with contemporary collections that are as relevant and practical in Western applications. Trained in the US and Europe, the now Cebu based designer continues to spearhead the contemporary ...

Pirates of Beijing…

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Pirates of Beijing…

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 ...

Inve$ting in Value…

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Inve$ting in Value…

The breadth of argument against the replication of original design commonly includes: quality, craftsmanship, ethical manufacturing and commitment to environmental practice, but perhaps one of the strongest cards the anti-counterfeit campaigners have in appealing to the ambivalent consumer is that of the embodied value in an original design piece. Where the term “value” is used ...

Dwelling on Design Knockoffs…

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Dwelling on Design Knockoffs…

We applaud the team at dwell.com who have dedicated much of their recent content to raising awareness about counterfeit design. Deputy Editor Jaime Gillin has penned numerous pieces in recent months addressing the “real cost” of replicas, as well as publishing the opinions on this issue put forward by design industry luminaries. From the evils ...

Lights! Camera! Take Action!

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Lights! Camera! Take Action!

Piracy plays a very real and very damaging role on every level of the film, television and entertainment industries. Much like the ongoing battle the broader arts and creative community are waging to protect their work, our friends in the local and International film and television industry are very much feeling the impact of copying ...