The international market for copied products is estimated to total around 250 Billion dollars annually. It is essential to guard the innovative drive of creative companies and individuals committed to the development of original ideas as they are vital in shaping the evolution of good design. Copies do not only infringe the law, they also contradict the principles of good design which are focused around innovation, longevity, sustainability and culture.
Globalisation and the growing role of the Internet have given rise to a new wave of plagiarism. Today, it is easier to steal ideas but it is also easier to get caught. In the last few years, the legal situation in many countries has been gradually adapted to strengthen the position of the creative, supporting original products. Copyright aims to balance the interests of the originator, manufacturer and seller while protecting end consumers from fraud.
Support good design, always buy the original. - e15
2016 marks the twentieth year of the e15 stool Backenzahn, a modern design classic and identifiable icon for e15 designed by company’s co-founder and architect Philipp Mainzer. To celebrate two decades of its iconic stool, e15 showcases Backenzahn in a humorous and poignant installation for the Stylepark Featured Editions at imm cologne exploring the topics intellectual property and copyright infringement. The exhibition features a continuous white wall serving as the backdrop to a setting inspired by an identity parade: copies are lined up alongside an original Backenzahn stool while industrial lights and wall graphics achieve the sobering atmosphere of a police station. The exhibition text and poster challenge visitors to recognise the issue, reminding them of the importance to support original products and ideas.
Following is the original Backenzahn stool and selected copies.