Thursday, August 20, 2009

genuine fakes...

I must admit that I am often quite surprised by the 'Genuine Fakes' that are available in the market.
My understanding (correct or incorrect?) was that a design patent prevented others from importing, manufacturing, using or selling the patented design for the period of the patent. For me this gave explanation to the Barcelona and Le Corbusier designs on the market (usually sold under a different name to the original design).
Lately, however, I have noticed copies of designs such as Marcel Wanders' 2007 'Skygarden' Pendant for Flos Lighting and Tom Dixon's 2006 Beat lighting range. I have even seen a copy of Front's 2006 'Horse Lamp' for Moooi.
In Australia, a new industry collective, Authentic Design Alliance, have formed to support the integrity of original and authentic design.
What is your opinion of original design over copies?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

brisbane ekka...

A great image by Nicholas O'Donnell that captures all the colour and vibrancy of the Brisbane 'Ekka'.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

hand renders...

During the design stage we all like to sketch and then render our ideas.

This is how the banquette seating at the Port Office Hotel came to realisation.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

shelton mindel & associates...

We have been fascinated by this amazing kitchen by Shelton Mindel & Associates for weeks...
It's galley style creates a stunning hallway to the right, an open-style to the dining area on the left and can be entirely closed off when entertaining in the formal lounge.
A clever joinery detail that makes perfect use of what would otherwise be a difficult open plan.

Monday, August 10, 2009

total venue...

Port Office Hotel featured on Total Venue.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

h d inspirations...

A big thank you to Dale of Vancouver's H D Inspirations for his great feature on the Port Office Hotel.