Original vs. Copy, A Case for Knock-offs

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[Photo credit: designboom] The topic of authenticity in design is a contentious one, and entrenched beliefs on the nature of what is genuine and what is fake begin early on in a designer’s education. While the issue of design authenticity can equally apply to everything from lighting fixtures to entire buildings, it is furniture that often provides the clearest examples. An architect’s academic experience requires having at the ready a handful of iconic furniture pieces, designed by a select few celebrated architects and designers, repeatedly paraded around the studio for their purity of design and timeless aesthetic. If you’re a design geek, you know the usual suspects: the Eileen Gray’s Table E1027, the Corbu’s LC-4 Chaise (cowhide please), the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, and the Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Couch, to name a few. And to their credit, each is a functional and beautiful piece of
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