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We have three aims for Find me the Original. One, to help clear up the confusion surrounding Original designer furniture. Two, to create a community of other like-minded individuals who love original designer furniture from the 20th Century era. We’d love to hear from you with your stories of any family heirlooms. Why not comment on our Blog or vote for your favourite Original.
Clearing up the confusion
Because of the popularity of classic pieces such as the Eames Lounge chair and the Jacobsen Series 7™ chair, there will always be companies who wish to profit by imitating these famous designs. Due to the weakness of UK Copywright law, the companies which manufacture and sell copies are generally allowed to get away with it. They are supposed to use words like “inspired by’ or “reproduction”, but they often don’t adhere to this. By using images of the Original pieces on their web sites and copying the text from authorised retailers, they end up causing huge confusion in the market.
Most of the time you can tell an Original by its price tag. For example a genuine Lounge Chair & Ottoman retails at between £4,300 to £5,300 depending on the finish; whereas a copy will cost between £750 to £1500. The companies selling copies often try to claim their price is reduced down from the usual RRP of an Original making it look as though you are making a huge saving. But the usual rule applies: If it looks too good to be true, it is.
Take a look at our Videos section to learn more about the finer details of many of these Authorised Originals, to learn about some of the history of these famous pieces and to help you distinguish them from copies.