Opinion: How do You feel about Replica Furniture?
You know, I’d never really given much thought to whether or not replica furniture was ethical from a design perspective. As a boy on a budget in my early twenties, I’d nab the cheapest furniture I could find that made my home look nice, with no regard at all for its origin.
Of late, though, as I find myself surrounded by more design types, the topic of real versus replica seems to come up a fair bit, with some pretty strong arguments either side of the debate.
Those against the idea of replica furniture suggest that the original designer’s intellectual property is being stolen, that their designs are being diluted and that purchasing these inferior pieces is supporting the selling of counterfeit goods.
Those on the other side of the argument suggest that replica furniture makes iconic design more accessible, and within budget for many consumers who simply can’t afford the real thing. With many stores openly celebrating the fact that their pieces are replicas, the idea is that full disclosure is taking place and that nobody’s fooled.
As both a consumer and stylist, I’m find myself somewhere in the middle of this debate (I hate to be a fence sitter). If anything, I find myself learning toward supporting the idea of replica furniture, because I think design should be accessible to everyone – and I hate the idea that those with less money should miss out. That said, I do think all replicas should be sold as such!
Are you for or against replica furniture?
Drop me a comment below and let’s get a dialogue started!
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