Globalization, and an open-source mentality have changed our thinking almost overnight about what constitutes a copy versus an original. Copying not only has legal and cultural repercussions; it bears on moral and psychological issues as well.
|A 'forbidden copy' of the Chest Drawers, by Tejo Remy.|
The concept looks as if it wants to be copied.
Every art or design student has likely had some fear of being copied, or that what he creates is actually a copy of somebody else's work. No designer likes to hear, “your work is exactly what designer x did in the mid nineties (or something similar).” The fear that an idea, form, or material will be stolen by another has the same foundation as the fear that one is “stealing“ (from?) oneself. This fear is completely understandable: the uniqueness of a creation is being threatened by the possibility that someone will copy it. And uniqueness--or call it originality--is at the heart of western European creativity.