Fake for Real: Design for the Masses

Van Mensvoort
September 28th 2007

design for the masses

The delicate armchair depicted at left is a Finnish design created in 1931-1932 by architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), who in Scandinavia is sometimes called the father of modernism. You can buy a remake of this classic armchair for around $1,800. Another option would be to go for the Swedish interpretation: IKEA offers its Poäng armchair for a mere $79. This version includes an extra piece of wood on the back, which makes the chair fully monkey proof.

From our Fake for Real series.

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Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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