Monday, March 2, 2009

Design Ethics

These days you can buy a good reproduction (read fake) of most famous designs for a fraction of the price. Above, the two pictures of the iconic Arco lamp are virtually identical. The original about $2,500 and the copy just under $500. So what do you do? A no brainer right? Go for the copy and save the money. Well not so fast. Having good taste comes at a price. By buying a fake you enable manufacturers to infringe on copyright of the original designer.  That's against the law. And although you may not go to "design prison", owning a masterpiece has a cost associated with it. Let me know what you think. Find me on Facebook or better yet post your thoughts here.

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