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Situating design in the Canadian household furniture industry

Leslie, Deborah and Reimer, Suzanne (2006) Situating design in the Canadian household furniture industry The Canadian Geographer, 50, (3), pp. 319-341. (doi:10.1111/j.1541-0064.2006.00144.x).

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This paper traces the process of design across the furniture commodity chain and argues that Canadian household furniture producers have been historically reluctant to designate resources that improve the styling of their products. They have emphasized commerce at the expense of art, and relied primarily on the United States for design inspiration. However, in recent years, a series of smaller, more innovative firms have adopted an aggressive design-led strategy. These firms have been more likely to forge tighter relationships with retailers and designers and to exploit place-based signifiers in the marketing and styling of their products.
Cet article retrace le processus de conception de la filière du meuble, en postulant que les producteurs canadiens de meubles domestiques ont été peu enclins jusqu'à présent à investir pour améliorer l'esthétique de leurs produits. Ils ont privilégié le commerce aux dépends de l'art, et ils se sont largement inspirés du design américain. Toutefois, au cours des dernières années, un nombre de petites entreprises plus innovatrices ont adopté une stratégie de design musclée. Ces entreprises ont été plus susceptibles de créer des relations plus étroites avec les détaillants et les concepteurs, et profiter de signifiants locaux ayant trait à la commercialisation et à la stylisation de leurs produits.

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Published date: October 2006


Local EPrints ID: 38484
PURE UUID: 58a31536-8759-4e1a-9f5c-2a45c8b817f9
ORCID for Suzanne Reimer: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 09 Jun 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:38

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Author: Deborah Leslie
Author: Suzanne Reimer ORCID iD

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