Looks like I need a new “Source”

So, looks like DWR started carrying knock-offs themselves. FastCompany wrote an excellent article on the matter: “The Rise and Fall of Design Within Reach“.

I am not too surprised, but it sounds like they are going to turn themselves around – or at least try. The article is definitely worth a read if you are interested in the world of furniture ideas and theft.

swag leg desk

nelson swag leg desk

nelson swag leg desk from hive modern $1849 USD

swoop desk cb2

swoop desk cb2

swoop desk from cb2 at $299 USD

POANG recliner

Artek Aalto 406 Lounge Chair

Artek Aalto 406 Lounge Chair

Artek Aalto 406 Lounge Chair from Nest Living – $1,630.00 USD. Designed in 1933 by Alvar Aalto.

POÄNG Armchair

POÄNG Armchair

POÄNG Armchair from IKEA $279.99 CAD

Pendant Dandelion Light

Dandelion lamp from Ylighting

Dandelion lamp from Ylighting

Dandelion Pendant Lamp $$2,458.00USD

Dandelion light IKEA

Dandelion light IKEA

IKEA PS MASKROS CAD $99.99

French Industrial Desk Lamp – Jielde

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Jielde $975

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Crate&Barrel $99.95


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PotteryBarn Kids $69

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IKEA FORSA $29.99 CAD (only in blue)

Update: Restoration Hardware sells a version for $200USD

Update: IKEA brought back the FORCA for $25 CAD and I have on in nickel. It is beautiful!

Target is shameless

Target discussion on Blue Ant Studio.

It’s one thing, in my mind, to create a cheaper version of a design borrowing on similar characteristics. See IKEA’s candle holders – they are not as heavy or as colorful as Iitalia’s. It is another to totally copy something.

Maybe the line is blurry.

I love the chair poster and have it hanging on my wall.

decor8 – round mirror

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decor8 arranged for a wonderful deal for a mirror from modern dose in the style pictured above – “large-scale mirror for under $600 around the same size (45.5″), bold, lacquered white and definitely round with an interesting frame – scalloped, floral, a circle motif (no hard edges)”. good catch!

plywood dining chair (arne jacobsen series 7)

given that Room and Board carries actual designer items I’m surprised to see them blatantly knock off Arne Jacobsen:

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DWR Series 7 Chair $441 USD

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Room and Board Jake Chair in Beech $79.00 USD

they are identical! crazy.

and here’s ikea’s take:

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IKEA GILBERT chair $69.00 CAD / $49.99 USD

metal chair (orange)

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DWR Marais AC Chair $250USD (currently on the seasonal 10% off sale for $225USD)

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Anthropologie emile chair CAD $201.06 ($198.00 USD)

discussion of fake versus real

an interesting discussion of which is a better purchase – a knock off, or the real thing, with some example: design hole: fake not fabulous, and the original thread

reader request: metal chair

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$395 USD 1006 Navy Side Chair – Brushed from DWR

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$175.00 SOHO DINING CHAIR from Jayson Home & Garden

where ikea’s votive candle holder originated

never knew this.

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iitala candleholder, 8 pounds

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ikea candleholder, $0.29

floor task lamp

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DWR Tolomeo Floor Lamp $510 USD

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Restoration Hardware Counterpoise Task Floor Lamp Bronze $699 on sale for $499 USD
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Target Jumbo Architect Floor Lamp $429.99 USD

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Restoration Hardware Atelier Task Floor Lamp Polished Nickel $299 on sale for $239 USD

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IKEA ANTIFONI Floor/ reading lamp $59.99 CAD

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EQ3 lighting SPROCKET Floor Lamp $49.99 CAD

discussion of knock-offs

Apartment Therapy mentions another knock off – the CB Ripple chair for $249 to Eames Group Management $1298  chair.

The thread is interesting for its articulate discussion of what a knock off is and whether it is a good or a bad thing. My personal stand is that knowingly buying a direct knock off – i.e. an object that purports to be the original is kinda pointless. However, buying “indirect” design – such as the examples in this site which mimic closely but are yet different – is like buying H&M or Forever 21. You know they took ideas from runways; sometimes quite directly (see Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. and Forever 21); but they lack sufficiently in details, quality and price to make themselves a different object.

via AT: Shutter Storage Cabinet

Saunter over to Apartment Therapy to read the discussion of a copycat of the Shutter Storage Cabinet (retailing for around $3,000 USD). Note the link to a JCPenney knock off in the comments…

in honour of my maid of honour: orange couches

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EQ3 REPLAY Left-Hand Chaise $799 CAD

Offers more combinations

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IKEA TYLÖSAND Left-hand chaise $699.00 CAD

Offers more combinations

arc lamps

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DWR Arco Floor Lamp – White Base $2,448 USD

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EQ3 CAST Floor Lamp $199.99 CAD

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IKEA REGOLIT Floor lamp, bow $79.99 CAD

battle of the shallow bowls

The battle between 2 Canadian stores for the cheaper, prettier, larger flat bowl:

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EQ3 Clear Salad Bowl $19.99 CAD and 28.58 cm

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IKEA BLADET Bowl $14.99 CAD and 32 cm

Which one do you like more?

elliptical table

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DWR Eames Elliptical Table $599 USD

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IKEA STOCKHOLM Coffee table $279.00 CAD not quite as similar, and more expensive than the closer EQ3 table:

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EQ3 PRAIRIE Large Oval Cocktail Table $249 CAD

hourglass lamp

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DWR Spun T1 Table Lamp $844 USD

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CB2 ada table lamp $59.95 USD

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IKEA LAMPAN $5.99 CAD

2 rooms by AT

Apartment Therapy has a interesting post building two rooms based on knock offs or similar furniture.

woven rattan bed – from domino

via domino’s nick olsen

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Ralph Lauren Canyon Starting from $3,975 USD

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Restoration Hardware Cayman Bed $1370 USD

grey sofa

via at

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DWR Malena Sofa – Grade 1 $3,128 on sale $2,658.80

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CB2 regis loveseat $699.00

EXTRA EXTRA – swag leg molded white chair

the new IKEA catalog has brought us (me) some joy. Just can’t wait for this chair to appear in Canada… we have a table that’s a perfect match for it.

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DWR Nelson Swag Leg Armchair $379USD

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IKEA JAKOB Swivel chair with pad $139.00USD

folding shelves

via decor8

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DWR Parallel Shelving Lacquer $1,700

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Target Thomas O’Brien® Modern Bi-Fold Shelf $239.99

black and white vases

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CB2 symmetry vases $59.95 USD

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IKEA HAVTORN AVENY Decorative vase $34.99 CAD

paper lamp (noguchi)

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Room and Board Noguchi Floor Lamp $495 USD

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IKEA NORGEL $49.99 CAD

Another Noguchi lamp that reminds me of an Ikea lamp (its not on the website, but I’m positive they used to produce it. We own at least 3 of these.) is this one:

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white lamp

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CB2 Bauhaus table lamp $99.95 USD

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IKEA Kulla $45.95 USD

White shelves on legs

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DWR Sapporo Shelving, One High $495 USD

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IKEA AGERUM Bookcase $89.00 CAD

tripod lamp

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CB2 tripod floor lamp $189.00 USD

Update: medium range, similar style – although not tripod – lamp from West Elm

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West Elm adjustable metal floor lamp $149

/End  update

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Target Trio Floor Lamp – Black/ Cream (61″) $49.99 USD

high armed / bowl sofa

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DWR Goetz Sofa – Leather $4,995

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Pier 1 Aires Sofa $1100

Saarinen tulip table

now this is a famous table and a famous knock-off.

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DWR Saarinen Dining Table – 42 in – Laminate $1,431 USD

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IKEA DOCKSTA Dining table $269.00 CAD

Update 29/06/07: CB2′s take on this classic:

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odyssey dining table $149.00

stackable chair (outdoor) – orange theme

inspired by decor8‘s color of the month, orange:

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DWR Venezia Chair – Regular $200 USD, on sale for $148 USD

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or
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IKEA URBAN $59.00 CAD

stackable chair – orange theme

inspired by decor8‘s color of the month, orange.

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cb2 hippie dining chair $149.00 USD

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DWR Coco Chair – Lacquer – Regular $218 USD, on sale for $148 USD


armless oatmeal couch

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heyward sofa $799.00 Pigmented leather or textured tweed upholstered cushions atop a strong wood frame. Solid wood legs with oak veneer. Simple assembly. Chocolate pigmented leather or oatmeal textured tweed. 72″l x 30″w x 28″h.

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Mid-Century Sofa – Natural $480.00 75″l, 29″w, 32″h, 22″d

barstool with backrest

(the materials are different; but the shape of the chair plus legs is vastly similar)

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DWR Compasso d’Oro Barstool $360 USD

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IKEA CENDY $69 CAD

stackable stool

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Taburet M Stacking Stool $290

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IKEA BENJAMIN Stool $19.99 CAD

lamp with a horse base

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Jonathan Adler Horse Lamp $495.00

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Swedish Horse Lamp Base $36.00

via i suwannee

dining chair

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West Elm scoop back chair $79 USD


or
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West Elm T chair $99 USD

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IKEA GILBERT $69 CAD

Cornersofa

corner sofa DWR
Albero Sectional Chaise Right $4,500 USD

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HAMRA Corner combination Mjuk Black $1,799.00 CAD

Chest of Drawers

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Leggero Six Drawer Dresser – Small $2,900 USD


chest IKEA
MALM Chest of drawers with 6 drawers, Birch Veneer, $229 CAD

rolling storage

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West Elm rolling storage 3 x 2 chocolate $349.00 USD

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IKEA RILL, Locking caster, $8.00 / per 2 pack CAD (x 2 = $16)


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IKEA EXPEDIT, Bookcase $99.00 CAD

pendant lamp

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DWR Le Klint 172B Pendant $250 USD


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DWR Artichoke Lamp – Small $6,500 USD


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IKEA KNAPPA KLÖVER, Pendant lamp $30.00 CAD

curvy bar stool

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DWR LEM Piston Stool – Leather Seat $698 USD

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IKEA SEBASTIAN Bar stool $85 CAD

or even better (IDENTICAL fit)
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Target Uptown Barstool – Brown $149.99 USD

Spotlight

spotlight PB

PHOTOGRAPHER’S TASK SPOT LAMP Task Spot Lamp $79.00 USD

spotlight canadian tire

Pin Up Lamp $9.99 CAD

Laptop desk

Laptop desk DWR

DWR Little Friend Adjustable Height Table $1,088 USD

Laptop desk IKEA

IKEA Dave laptop table: $49.00 CAD

A rose by any other name

So, this is my blog. I’m going to try and document here my love of finding cheaply made knock-offs of designer furniture. I know a number of objections can be raised to this. I’ll deal with them a little later.

Right now my biggest problem is a lack of a name that I love for this website. So – ideas are welcome!

Now, onward to the concerns you might have:

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