Archinect - News 2017-09-21T12:03:38-04:00 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/126771486/robert-venturi-prince-charles-that-false-corinthian-column Robert Venturi, Prince Charles & that false Corinthian column Alexander Walter 2015-05-05T13:53:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:15:36-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7n/7n3il5gkf4rtn1mv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7n/7n3il5gkf4rtn1mv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7n/7n3il5gkf4rtn1mv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7n/7n3il5gkf4rtn1mv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Today it houses one of London&rsquo;s best permanent collection displays, but the 1991 Sainsbury Wing extension to the National Gallery in London was almost scuppered when Prince Charles and the other trustees opposed the architect of the new building, Robert Venturi. The row was over a false Corinthian column that the US architect wanted as a decorative feature on the Trafalgar Square fa&ccedil;ade of the new extension.</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/116039165/chinese-art-institute-resembles-hogwarts-castle Chinese art institute resembles Hogwarts Castle Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T14:06:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:40-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6bs9zdh69cevvnq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6bs9zdh69cevvnq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6bs9zdh69cevvnq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6bs9zdh69cevvnq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Hebei Academy of Fine Arts in China&rsquo;s Hebei Province has constructed a new campus in Xinle City that, rather than resembling local architecture, adheres more to Gothic and European styles.&nbsp;Specifically, it bears a striking resemblance to&nbsp;the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. [...] But the new building is&nbsp;actually called &ldquo;Cinderella&rsquo;s Castle,&rdquo; and was modeled on structures from medieval Europe. Unfortunately, the building has little to do with Cinderella or Hogwarts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109113660/chinese-colleges-are-trying-to-look-like-the-ivy-league" target="_blank">Chinese Colleges Are Trying to Look Like the Ivy League</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/116032713/architectural-historian-discovers-chartres-cathedral-has-started-faking-it Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it Archinect 2014-12-15T12:05:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T13:58:23-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vi/vicscbqog5rvkand.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vi/vicscbqog5rvkand.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vi/vicscbqog5rvkand.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vi/vicscbqog5rvkand.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The first portion she pointed out was a pale ochre wall patterned with thin, perpendicular white lines mimicking mortar between masonry blocks. Looking upward we then saw panels of blue faux marbre, high above them gilded column capitals and bosses (the ornamental knobs where vault ribs intersect), and, nearby, floor-to-ceiling piers covered in glossy yellow trompe l&rsquo;oeil marbling, like some funeral parlor in Little Italy.</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/111874576/back-to-the-future-the-fake-relics-of-the-old-chinese-city-of-datong Back to the future: the fake relics of the 'old' Chinese city of Datong Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T21:38:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/de/de23440dde4b355190358a7007e6bb17?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/de/de23440dde4b355190358a7007e6bb17?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/de/de23440dde4b355190358a7007e6bb17?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/de/de23440dde4b355190358a7007e6bb17?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Six years ago the then-mayor launched an ambitious plan to reconstruct the lost walls, watchtowers and Ming-style homes of the city &ndash; resettling tens of thousands of residents and transforming Datong into a tourist site. Now few want to live here</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/104712141/copyrighting-cartography-with-fictional-places Copyrighting Cartography with Fictional Places Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T12:44:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e8/e813fa2a1dd932f39dfbd60662fa756c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e8/e813fa2a1dd932f39dfbd60662fa756c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e8/e813fa2a1dd932f39dfbd60662fa756c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e8/e813fa2a1dd932f39dfbd60662fa756c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>With all the time and energy cartographers spend preparing maps, it makes sense that they would want to protect their investment. One of the ways they do so &mdash; although they don&rsquo;t always admit it &mdash; is by including &ldquo;trap streets,&rdquo; deliberate mistakes added to maps to catch unsuspecting copyright violators. These may include fake streets, as the name suggests, but the term is also applied to other erroneous cartographic data included to embarrass those who might steal it.</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/101013571/from-tower-bridge-to-sydney-harbour-welcome-to-china-s-city-of-clones From Tower Bridge to Sydney Harbour, welcome to China's city of clones Alexander Walter 2014-06-03T13:21:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T13:27:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cb/cbde74fcd2e7533168282e83fe7056f1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cb/cbde74fcd2e7533168282e83fe7056f1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cb/cbde74fcd2e7533168282e83fe7056f1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cb/cbde74fcd2e7533168282e83fe7056f1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Suzhou is like many Chinese cities. It has a historic core, including nine Unesco world heritage sites, as well as many beautiful gardens, waterways and temples. [...] But Suzhou has also embarked on another fascinating project: urban mimicry. From Venetian-style &ldquo;water town&rdquo; districts to Dutch-style suburban living, Suzhou hosts what journalist Bianca Bosker calls &ldquo;original copies&rdquo;: simulations of western landmarks. The city is fast becoming China&rsquo;s city of clones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100170732/colossal-bavarian-castle-set-to-open-in-dalian-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colossal Bavarian Castle Set To Open In Dalian, China</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/50566573/chinese-secretly-copy-austrian-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese secretly copy Austrian town</a></p></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/100170732/colossal-bavarian-castle-set-to-open-in-dalian-china Colossal Bavarian Castle Set To Open In Dalian, China Alexander Walter 2014-05-21T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:02:56-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fc/fcb594f50e0df6f55b5a5077f4418ba3?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fc/fcb594f50e0df6f55b5a5077f4418ba3?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fc/fcb594f50e0df6f55b5a5077f4418ba3?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fc/fcb594f50e0df6f55b5a5077f4418ba3?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Luxury hotel chain Starwood Hotels unveiled the upcoming opening of The Castle Hotel in Dalian, a major seaport city in China&rsquo;s northeastern Liaoning province. This makes it one of the various examples of European-inspired architecture sprouting across China in recent years. Starwood Hotels announced in a press release of the opening of The Castle Hotel later this year, when it is done with its final stages of interior renovation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/50566573/chinese-secretly-copy-austrian-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese secretly copy Austrian town</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/78770574/china-has-a-fake-paris-and-it-s-a-ghost-town China Has a Fake Paris, and It’s a Ghost Town Archinect 2013-08-05T18:35:00-04:00 >2013-11-26T18:47:31-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ff/ffce0dbd633e15a9e06e596660be0e65?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ff/ffce0dbd633e15a9e06e596660be0e65?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ff/ffce0dbd633e15a9e06e596660be0e65?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ff/ffce0dbd633e15a9e06e596660be0e65?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s a nice photo of Paris, isn&rsquo;t it? Nope! That&rsquo;s not Paris and no, it&rsquo;s not Disney World or even the Las Vegas Strip; it&rsquo;s a replica Paris in China. What makes this clone of Paris even more weird is that it&rsquo;s a ghost town. Only about 2,000 people live there, which means that those giant skyscrapers, with 700+ units tend to only have around 30 people living in each of them. This city has become a place to take wedding photos for Chinese citizens who can&rsquo;t afford to travel to the real Paris...</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>