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Friend or Faux? Defining Authentic Design

Join the Design Museum and a panel of leading voices in the field of design in a talk exploring the importance of design heritage and the changing perception of ‘authenticity’ in today’s digital age.

What to expect

What do we mean by ‘authentic’? How do we define ‘artistic craftsmanship’?

These are complicated questions in an age where new technologies such as robotic fabrication, 3D printing, mass customisation and open-source software are radically transforming the design industry. At the same time, recent changes to copyright laws have finally brought the UK in line with the European Union, closing a loophole that saw copies of design classics flood the UK and European markets.

Join the Design Museum and a panel of leading voices in the field of design in a talk exploring the importance of design heritage and the changing perception of ‘authenticity’ in today’s digital age.

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Booking information

Adult £10, student/ concession £7.50

Kuka Robot, copyright Kuka

Robot from The Future is Here exhibition at the Design Museum (2013) Photography Luke Hayes

Robot from The Future is Here exhibition at the Design Museum (2013) Photography Luke Hayes

Fogo Long Bench, photo Steffen Jagenburg

Plektra Teema group 2015, courtesy Ineke Hans Studio

Ahrend A380 line up, courtesy Ineke Hans Studio

Chair

Deyan Sudjic, OBE

Deyan Sudjic is the Director of the Design Museum in London. His career has spanned journalism, teaching and writing. Deyan was director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture 1999 and in 2002 he was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Deyan has published many books on design and architecture and was made an OBE in 2000.

Speakers

Johanna Agerman Ross

Johanna Agerman Ross is the Curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Before joining the museum she founded and edited the quarterly design journal Disegno and was an editor of the monthly architecture and design magazine Icon.

Ineke Hans

Ineke Hans designs industrial furniture and products, as well as handmade objects for international manufacturers. Her work combines traditional and current open source production playing with the interactions between humans, objects and space. In September her solo exhibition 'Was ist Loos?' will open at Kunsthalle Wien.

Rolf Fehlbaum

Rolf Fehlbaum is Vitra Chairman Emeritus. During his tenure at Vitra he has established relationships with many of the world`s leading designers, and developed projects with the likes of Tadao Ando, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Nicholas Grimshaw, Alvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA. In 1989 Fehlbaum founded the Vitra Design Museum.