Description - Re-issue, Re-imagine, Re-make: Appropriation in Contemporary Furniture Design by Elisabeth Darby
In recent years, there has been a great deal of interest in "design classics"-that is, specific pieces of 20th century furniture-both in their increased availability and affordability through re-issues, and in their widespread re-interpretation by contemporary designers and artists. Focusing on chairs, where this phenomenon is most evident, this book critically examines this significant aspect of contemporary design practice. It does so, not only in terms of works by well-known designers, but also relative to ubiquitous designs such as the monobloc, Thonet chair number 14, and the Ming chair. These varied examples of re-imagining and re-working are examined from an international perspective as designers and artists across the globe seek to bring new formal, material, and narrative interpretations to these iconic designs. Renewed interest in do-it-yourself, together with the growth of hacking, opensource design, and digital fabrication, have all contributed to an expansion of the concepts of re-imagine and re-make in the new millennium. The book brings together key examples of design icons, and draws on observations from designers, artists, and manufacturers in order to understand the varied motivations behind these activities. It places the works within their wider historical and cultural context, and also considers the boundaries between art and design, as many of these re-imaginings transform a mass-produced item into a one-off or limited-edition collectible object. Further, the book interrogates the issues of authenticity and authorship, and the ethical and legal rights to copy and alter iconic objects, that are raised by these re-interpretations.
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Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
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