November 2012 archive

Should We Buy Authentic or Replica Designer Furniture?

Like I’ve said before, I recently just got interested in interior design after designing our Kingdom Hall stage and ladies’ bathroom. For about six months now, I’m continuously trying to educate myself about interior decorating, from space planning to furniture terms. Believe me, even though I’m a Fine Arts graduate, it’s not helping much. I still have a long, long way to go.

And since I’ve been shopping for furniture for my sister-in-law’s condo, I accidentally got introduced to designer furniture. Originally, I wanted a transparent dining chair for her. (I recently found out that the correct term for ‘transparent’ when it comes to furniture is lucite.) A victoria ghost chair from Dexterton costs P16,000 whereas the same chair from Uratex Warehouse costs less than P4,000. I would have bought that one if only my sister-in-law didn’t worry about it getting all scratched up and yellowish in time. I agreed because I know that it’s what you’re going to get for over P10,000 savings.

But what if we really like the design and can’t afford the real thing? It’s just the same as the LV bags you can buy in Greenhills, right? I swore to myself that I will never, ever buy replicas of designer bags. If I can’t afford it, then I won’t have it. But I’m starting to have a different principle when it comes to furniture, thinking that no one will even know that it’s a designer chair unless they are interior design enthusiasts.

So guilty as I am, I bought a couple of replicas of Jasper Morrison Air Armchair which an authentic one costs more than $180 but I got it from Uratex Warehouse for P2,400+ (including 10% off.) Since it’s not one of the really expensive designer items, I wouldn’t feel guilty adding some DIY touch to it.

What do you think? Is it ok to buy replicas considering all the effort the designers have put into their work and them being deprived of the royalty fee they so deserve? Being a designer myself, I would certainly hate it if someone would make money out of my own artwork. But those furniture are beautiful and classy and when there’s one that’s not a whole month’s worth of salary, we ache to grab it.  And of course, a lot of us are probably unaware that we are already buying fakes. There’s even a site that sells replica furniture. So tempting!

If you’d like to read more thoughts about the topic, I say this is a good read: Say No to Fake Designer Furniture!

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