32 colour illustrations and 50 B&W illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222618 • Publication: March 27, 2020
Re-issue, Re-Imagine & Re-Make
Appropriation in Contemporary Furniture Design
Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of March 27, 2020
DescriptionIn recent years, there has been a great deal of interest in ‘design classics’ – that is, specific pieces of 20th century furniture - both in their increased availability and affordability through re-issues, and in their widespread re-interpretation by contemporary designers and artists. Focusing on chairs, where this phenomenon is most evident, this book examines critically and in depth this significant aspect of contemporary design practice. It does so, not only in terms of works by well-known designers, but also relative to ubiquitous designs such as the monobloc, Thonet chair number 14, and the Ming chair. These varied examples of re-imagining and re-working are examined from an international perspective as designers and artists across the globe seek to bring new formal, material, and narrative interpretations to these iconic designs. Renewed interest in do-it-yourself, together with the growth of hacking, open-source design and digital fabrication, have all contributed to an expansion of the concepts of re-imagine and re-make in the new millennium. Embraced by professionals, amateurs and companies alike, these developments further attest to the diverse practice of re-interpretation in contemporary design.
The book brings together key examples of the re-issuing, re-imagining and re-making of design icons, and draws on observations from designers, artists and manufacturers in order to understand the varied motivations behind these activities. It places the works within their wider historical and cultural context, and also considers the boundaries between art and design, as many of these re-imaginings transform a mass-produced item into a one-off or limited-edition collectable object. Further, the book interrogates the issues of authenticity and authorship and the ethical and legal rights to copy and to alter iconic objects that are raised by these re-interpretations.