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Alexandra Lange

Inappropriation


CB2, $79.95

Christien Meindertsma, $1100 (down from $1600)

This Urchin Pouf is an expensive contemporary design object I truly adore, especially after seeing the yarn and the needles in person on Governors Island this summer. Hence my shock at seeing an extremely cheap version in the new CB2 catalog, which is rife with subtle and not-so-subtle revisions of Danish modern, Bertoia, Noguchi, Risom. Others have noticed its resemblance to the original with joy. I think the older generation can’t protest, but maybe Meindertsma should. Since CB2 was already the respite for impecunious DWR lovers, I should not have been surprised that other ideas might trickle down.



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Alexandra Lange Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, and author of Writing about Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Dwell, Metropolis, Print, New York Magazine and The New York Times.

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