RAR, Charles & Ray Eames, 1950, from Vitra
Seen as we are enjoying the best of British sport in London, I thought it would be a good time to talk and celebrate the best in British design and indeed the murky world of fake knock-off design classics.
The core issue in this murky world is that designs can be copied 25 years after the death of a designer and not 70 years like works of literature, drama, music, film and art. So this leads to lots of designs being copied and sold cheaply unlike this beautiful and real (pictured) RAR chair by Charles & Ray Eames sold by Vitra.
Championed by Elle Decoration UK and Sir Terence Conran, the Equal Rights for Design campaign has hit success as the government has officially proposed to change the law from 25 years for registered designs to the life of the creator plus 70 years.
Sir Terence Conran says, “Design has an important contribution to make to the growth of the UK economy at a time when it is sorely needed. If the UK Government were to change the copyright laws that are intended to protect designers in this country, it would go a long way to ensuring our brilliant young designers can make a decent living out of their creativity.”
Congrats to all involved!