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

Monotony vs. Chaos

Rigid facades

The front: rigid facades: alonging for more law and order?                                                                                                             Photos: RM

According to art historian Wilhelm Worringer the chosen style in art (or architecture) reflects not only the current state of society, but also is the fulfillment of a desire for something that is lacking. The dominant style in art and architecture tells us something about (the future of) a given culture. Continue reading