Is A Reproduction An Acceptable Design Alternative? You Decide.

There is a debate in the design world.  Is using a reproduction of a designer piece an acceptable alternative? Take a look at where I stand in my Fox News Latino article:

To the average person a chair is a chair. Its function is purely utilitarian, to cushions ones bottom. To many others, it can also be an expression of art like the Herman Miller Eames .

The Eames chair was first introduced to the public in 1956.  It was designed by Charles and Ray Eames for The Herman Miller Furniture Company.

The Eames chair literally stands the test of time, it’s not a dated piece, and it’s very classic in its timeless design.

Those who love the charm and sexiness of this chair may not always be able to afford such a master piece. It usually starts at around $5,000 (price includes the ottoman). This is where the debate starts on whether to reproduce or not to reproduce. 

It gets really ugly depending on whom you discuss the subject with. Many have said that if you cannot afford one, you should just learn to admire one from afar until you are able to own the real thing. In reality, how fair is that, for those who do not have the means to dish out that kind of money, but still have the same admiration and love for such a classic piece? Why should they be excluded from having such a dream chair even if it’s not the real thing?

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