Imitation in Design; why does it irritate?

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Left: Touch tone telephone with “classic” design. Right: Fake battlements in Spijkenisse, the Netherlands. Photo: RM

Imitation-bricked windows in a new apartment building and a “classic” touch-tone telephone. What do these have in common?  Among designers both can count on reactions ranging from scorn and contempt to irritation and anger. But why?  Continue reading

The Bilbao Effect

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L:Theater de Stoep, R: Supercoop supermarket, Spijkenisse, photos: RM

Take an unattractive city. Through an appealing, or at least eye-catching building designed by a famous architect, it can be pulled out of the doldrums. The Bilbao effect is named after the city of Bilbao where the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry accomplished this feat. It’s example was followed by many, think of EYE in Amsterdam North, but its initial success could never quite be equalled. Continue reading