Archinect - News 2017-09-23T12:42:00-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150019331/quartz-digs-into-the-trillion-dollar-global-black-market-for-fake-designer-chairs Quartz digs into the trillion-dollar global black market for fake “designer” chairs Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-25T14:19:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T14:19:48-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrc3oq1mo4ngaar3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrc3oq1mo4ngaar3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrc3oq1mo4ngaar3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrc3oq1mo4ngaar3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Labeled with nice-sounding terms like &ldquo;reproduction,&rdquo;replica,&rdquo; or &ldquo;homage,&rdquo; many designer chairs in offices, hotel lobbies, airports, restaurants and even big furniture stores are actually unauthorized copies. And while a knock-off Eames or Barcelona chair might seem like a harmless, budget-friendly addition to your living room, these illegal knockoffs threaten the economy and the environment, and erode the very meaning of design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For furniture designers, protecting intellectual property is challenging&mdash;IP laws for furniture in the US don&rsquo;t protect function, so designers have to prove a unique element in their design to qualify for a patent. And even when a patent is obtained, its protections often do not apply in different regions&mdash;not very useful in a global marketplace.&nbsp;<em>Companies who rip off classics benefit because they can skip the years-long product development phase and often have an easier time selling their versions because consumers are already familiar with the look.&nbsp;</em></p><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/qw/qwbovwxiuftunv9c.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/qw/qwbovwxiuftunv9c.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>The Eames took out a full page ad warning customers about fakes. The ad on the back cover of Arts and Architecture magazine instructed buyers to look for Herman Miller&rsquo;s logo, the only authorized manufacturer of their chairs at the time.</figcaption></figure><p>To combat the spread of cheap knock-offs&nbsp;a five-year-old consortium of furniture manufacturers and design firms called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.beoriginalamericas.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BeOriginal Americas</a>&nbsp;has been training US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers to ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149963343/win-the-sumo-air-inflatable-lounger Win the Sumo Air inflatable lounger! Justine Testado 2016-08-26T12:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-08T15:01:59-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a9/a9n9cjar06x4shkg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a9/a9n9cjar06x4shkg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a9/a9n9cjar06x4shkg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a9/a9n9cjar06x4shkg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>From beach trips to music festivals to picnics, have easy access to comfort with the new <a href="http://www.sumo-air.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sumo Air Lounger</a>. Thanks to our friends at Sumo Lounge, Archinect is giving away four Sumo Air loungers to our readers!</p><p>Read on for more and how to enter the giveaway.</p><p>Best known for their beanbag chairs, the Sumo Air lounger is light, portable, and doesn't require extra assembly equipment. Unfold the lounger, inflate it with air, and quickly seal it.&nbsp;(It's perfect to inflate in windy places like the beach, otherwise you might need some agility and a strong-enough breeze to do this part). Then sink into the Sumo Air, and relax.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c2/c2kjaye61l3x7bgv.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/us/us6t21mcgl7qpyx1.jpg"><br><em>Photos: Sumo Air.</em></p><p>Available in a variety of colors, the Sumo Air is made of top-quality waterproof&nbsp;300 Grade Ripstop Nylon&nbsp;and comes in a carrying bag. Plus, it's equipped with a phone/tablet/magazine holder, a bottle/cup holder, bottle opener, and a tent peg to&nbsp;ground the lounger for firmness.</p><p>Archinect is giving away the Sumo Air in Black, Red, and Sky Blue.</p><p><strong>TO ENTER THE GIVE...</strong></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/106322758/real-architects-design-chairs Real architects design chairs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:58:27-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eb/eb644703760b014f2571bb128d714bad?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eb/eb644703760b014f2571bb128d714bad?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eb/eb644703760b014f2571bb128d714bad?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eb/eb644703760b014f2571bb128d714bad?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Pretty much every architect in the alphabet has produced a chair, a miniature version of their particular aesthetic. [...] Buildings are all very well, but it seems you haven&rsquo;t truly made it as an architect until you&rsquo;ve given us something to sit on. [...] &ldquo;Mentally, it&rsquo;s a very good exercise, to go from [designing] a building to the smallest bit in a building,&rdquo; [Alex Michaelis] says. &ldquo;You go back to the detail of the human body."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/104705706/herman-miller-buys-dwr-for-154-million-what-does-that-mean-for-chairs Herman Miller Buys DWR for $154 Million. What Does That Mean for Chairs? Archinect 2014-07-21T12:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T12:41:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/80/80af9e7d7d3324424cecf93e76f01d4d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/80/80af9e7d7d3324424cecf93e76f01d4d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/80/80af9e7d7d3324424cecf93e76f01d4d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/80/80af9e7d7d3324424cecf93e76f01d4d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Herman Miller, the manufacturer of classic midcentury designs, will buy the contemporary retailer Design Within Reach (DWR) for $154 million in a bid to establish itself as a &ldquo;premier lifestyle brand.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/42000529/an-eames-chair-makeover-for-charity An Eames Chair Makeover for Charity Archinect 2012-03-19T19:14:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T20:18:25-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b2/b20fb5c4c73de39845aa98d1864b1b98?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b2/b20fb5c4c73de39845aa98d1864b1b98?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b2/b20fb5c4c73de39845aa98d1864b1b98?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b2/b20fb5c4c73de39845aa98d1864b1b98?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Presented with an Eames molded plastic chair, 30 San Antonio based designers and architects transformed the modern icon into a canvas for art.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/12363661/furniture-designs-for-museums-and-libraries-are-available-in-stores Furniture Designs for Museums and Libraries Are Available in Stores Paul Petrunia 2011-07-06T00:25:29-04:00 >2011-07-06T00:28:28-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bb/bbpbl3gsyd3u2mgs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bb/bbpbl3gsyd3u2mgs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bb/bbpbl3gsyd3u2mgs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bb/bbpbl3gsyd3u2mgs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Chairs designed by architects for high-profile commissions increasingly are for sale in stores. They are often pricy, but the appeal is the chance to bring a slice of cutting-edge international design into your home.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>