Imitation in Design; why does it irritate?

imitation in design

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