Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How Did Fritz Hansen Reintroduce this Arne Jacobsen Design?

After 56 years in the archives, Be Original Americas charter member Fritz Hansen brought Arne Jacobsen’s Drop Chair back into production. 

With no original drawings, it was quite the challenge! Take a look at the process via Design Milk.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Buying knockoff and counterfeit goods hurts more than the original manufacturer—it weakens the entire state of design. Read more from Be Original Americas supporter Interiors & Sources Magazine in this powerful piece. Then, save the date for a talk at the Ligne Roset showroom in Chicago on October 7th to kick off their support.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Eames Lounge Chair Debut on NBC

Throwback Thursday to this dramatic debut of the legendary Eames Lounge Chair’s debut in 1956 on NBC’s Today Show:

h/t to Gothamist.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Looks Like Knockoffs Just Got Even Worse

Smow uncovered hazardous materials used in “replicas” of Tolix stools. Read the whole report on their blog here.

What do you think about this?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

#TBT Original Design from Artek

Happy ‪#‎tbt‬! Check out these beautiful photos of a Municipal Library in Vyborg, Russia in 1933. It was designed by Alvar Aalto,a founder of our charter member Artek.

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:

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


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


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.