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Ceci n'est pas une Copie

Ceci n'est pas une Copie

Design between Innovation and Imitation

By (author) Chris Meplon


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  • Includes contributions and works from 70 renowned designers and artists such as Jasper Morrison, Richard Hutten, Philippe Starck, Konstantin Grcic, Maarten Baas, Unfold, and many more
  • Pays attention to cultural differences between east and west, and how opinions have changed throughout history
  • Provides an holistic study of copying-culture, from accepted copying (quotes, collage and homage) to more controversial and experimental forms of 're-design'
Full Description

Copying is bad. So we are told, from school to the workplace. Gaining money or honour by stealing someone else’s work is morally despicable and forbidden by law. But is it really that simple? Sometimes a copy – or something that strongly resembles the original – can bring fresh new insights about the original. The line between innovation and imitation is not always clear, and as technology allows us to come closer to the art of perfect imitation, things such as originality and individual authorship are placed under pressure. In Ceci n’est pas Une Copie design journalist Chris Meplon looks for the nature, meaning and perception of copying techniques in design practice. The book offers a wide selection of interesting examples and perspectives on ‘copying’, making for a reader-experience that is both informative and open-ended, allowing you to make up your own mind. Text in English and French.

About the Author

Chris Meplon is a design expert and journalist.

Lannoo Publishers
30th Jan 2017
Paperback / softback
World excluding Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland & Scandinavia
270 mm x 190 mm
240 Pages
180 color, 20 b&w
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