26 Original Fakes
Friends & Associates invites 26 contemporary Australian designers to reconfigure and exhibit an existing replica design as a way to deconstruct how the design object is valued. Questioning how replica furniture draws focus to issues of authenticity, creative practice and the commercial market, the first realisation of Friends & Associates takes the theme ‘Design Values’ to consider how the design community can hack and reevaluate the replica. Each contributor has been given a replica Jasper Morrison HAL Wood Chair.
In a recent collaboration, James Walsh & Ash Allen submitted a project which looked to comment on the belief that 'Replica' was in-fact a brand of furniture. The “100% Authentic Replica" chair mocks the immoral yet highly lucrative replica furniture industry, by overtly cladding the shell of the chair in branded Replica stickers. The application of the stickers was an unconscious process, that reflects that of the replica industries own inability to think and design.