the value of authenticity


I am a supporter of buying originals. As a designer, it is a no brainer – I value the process and product of design and want to support designers and their creations. The argument that I often hear is that people want the look of the chair but don’t want to pay the price. I understand the issue, and yet I still believe you will get more enjoyment out of an original piece than by purchasing a poorly manufactured knockoff. Buying that Eames chair at DWR is not your only option. There is Craig’s List, Ebay, Apartment Therapy Marketplace and local vintage furniture stores. With time and patience, you are certain to find just the right piece of furniture for your home without succumbing to buying a fake. You also will undoubtedly have a greater connection to a piece that took some effort to acquire and may even have an enjoyable story to share with friends.