The organisers of the Milan Furniture Fair have hit out at China, describing it as a ‘country without true culture’ that ‘just produces copies’.
Speaking at a press conference today at the Design Museum in London, Rosario Messina, president of Cosmit, the company which stages the fair, said, ‘We have a democracy of design [in Italy]. We are producing new creations while the Chinese make copies of them.’
Cosmit chief executive Manlio Armellini supported these comments, saying, ‘In China there isn’t the culture; they haven’t arrived at it. It will take them 20, 30, 40 years. China has a stealing culture. It produces “burger” furniture.’
Their comments followed a panel discussion on Italian design hosted by Gareth Williams, design curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which included Italian designers Mario Bellini and Fabbio Novembre, German designer Werner Aisslinger and London retailer Zeev Aram.