Here's Arne Jacobsen's iconic Egg Chair.
I would like to call Jacobsen's design "inimitable," but in this day and age, that word doesn't mean what it used to.
Here's the Classic V2 Massage Chair with Ottoman by manufacturer Nouhaus:
To me, it looks a little too close for comfort to Jacobsen's design. So I was astonished to see that the Nouhaus product won a Red Dot Design Award.
Is it me? Or do you find Nouhaus' design a legitimate departure?
Jm2¢ if you read the fine print on the Red Dot submission criteria with a business mind and not a desperate to be published/recognized designer mindset, it looks more like an award can be bought more than earned. Hence, it makes it easier to stomach all of the really bad designs that Red Dot awards. Remember, you pay them to submit your work, they keep it, and then get royalties. Does that sound about right? Anyone else echo this? Also, rationally, how present in our everyday lives are Red Dot objects? Not so many. They are nice, in a way, but not all that useful. Like Sharper Image stuff.
I don't think the grey chair designers were deliberately trying to knock off the design of the red chair, even if it had influenced them. The grey chair is just too fussy- it is its quilting, side cushions and panels that grab one's attention, not its outline. The curvature of its silhouette is not constant.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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