Create, Don't Imitate: The Making of an Original

The issue of plagiarism has been in the news often lately, most notably within the music industry, and there are many “blurred lines” when it comes to referencing or paying homage versus copying or knocking something off. A recent example in the design industry is furniture manufacturer Emeco announcing plans to file a suit against IKEA for copying its 20-06 Stacking Chair designed by Norman Foster.  And may other retailers have been accused of similar practices.

Excerpt from a panel discussion for Be Original Americas, an association committed to informing, educating, and influencing manufacturers, design professionals, and individuals on the economic, ethical, and environmental value of authentic design.

IKEA's Melltorp dining chair (right) looks suspiciously similar to Emeco's 20-06 Stacking Chair (left).

IKEA's Melltorp dining chair (right) looks suspiciously similar to Emeco's 20-06 Stacking Chair (left).