Monday, July 14, 2014

Join Be Original Americas:

We believe in standing up for the the designer and company. The beautiful designs by our charter member Ligne Roset deserve protection.

Join Be Original Americas today: http://bit.ly/1kxLkRg

Thursday, June 26, 2014

#TBT with Herman Miller and George Nelson

Happy #tbt! This one is for our charter member Herman Miller:

This is a 1952 photograph of George Nelson, who was the design director at the time. He stands with his original design, a display of Nelson Bubble Lamps. #BeOriginal image

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 2014: Be Original Americas at Modern Atlanta

Modern Atlanta came alive - truly - in another standing-room-only event at the Ligne Roset showroom in Atlanta.   With provocative questioning by Susan Szenasy, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Metropolis, the panel of Antoine Roset, EVP, Roset USA Corp., Paolo Cravedi, Managing Director, Alessi and Thom Williams, CEO, ASD, the panel discussed how risks and creativity need to keep “pushing the envelope” and how design education is lacking in teaching the history and ethics for design students.  When queried on “doesn’t authentic design costs more”, the panel cited “pre-owned” and also to buy original design from the mass merchants and young talent - just not the copies!  

Lastly, an audience member said:  ”Buy what something IS not what it PRETENDS TO BE!”

May 2014: Be Original Americas at WantedDesign

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WantedDesign NYC hosted a standing-room-only crowd of design professionals and consumers as Amanda Dameron, Editor in Chief of DWELL lead a lively discussion about knock offs and their effect on the environment, our economic well-being, and ethically with Felix Burrichter, Editor & Founder, PIN-UP Magazine, Mark Schurman, Director of Corporate Communications, Herman Miller, Bonnie MacKay, Retailer Consultant, Nasir Kassamali, Co-Founder of Luminaire, and Paolo Cravedi, Managing Director, Alessi

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From the cost to create the molds for original design to the risks the authentic manufacturers take in creating original design, the conversation was lively and spirited.  Thank you to all who attended.

April 2014: Be Original Americas at RAPT Studio

Almost 100 design professionals and manufacturers attended the Northern California IIDA chapter event at RAPT Studios in San Francisco as Pilar Viladas, former Design Editor, T Style Magazine, discussed the difficulties design firms face in keeping the specification on the original design with Collin Burry, Design Principal at Gensler (SF), Simone Vingerhoets, EVP, Artek USA and Johanna Grawunder, designer.    

Material innovation is critical and it was suggested that brands use a “nutrition type label” as they do in food, so consumers know what they are buying.   Grawunder said buying copies is like buying “fake art”.  The Q&A was plentiful and powerful.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Friday, May 23, 2014

Amazing Old Optical Toys

Core77 has an interesting read for you! Look at the original designs of these optical toys from the 19th century, they are really too cool. http://bit.ly/1o7BoA7

Friday, May 16, 2014

Stay away from our stolen art!

Quite a few films have been commenting on stolen art throughout history, see what The Guardian says about the the importance of safeguarding culture and art: http://bit.ly/1oOMZEJ

#BeOriginal

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Original Design Throwback Thursday: Artek

Let’s look back at ARTEK on this #TBT.  The distinctively Finnish brand was on display at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco 1939!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Why is original design is important?

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Ready for a hard hitting look at why original design is so important?

Join us at Wanted Design NYC on Sunday, May 18th from 2-3pm withDwellCappelliniAlessi, Bonnie Mackay, and PIN - UP Magazine.

http://www.wanteddesignnyc.com/be-original-americas/