If you're not aware already, it's been almost a year since a new UK law was introduced to protect designers from retailers ripping off their designs and essentially copying their work. From 28th April 2016 last year, all furniture designs in the UK are now protected from unlicensed manufacturers for 75 years. For you and I, this means banning dodgy from the high-street or online. So, if you are getting into interior design and have begun fantasising about owning a 'James Bond' style Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair but don't want to pay the hefty price of an original and have been looking around for a reproduction, you need to check if your reseller is licensed to do so.
Those classic designs like the Anglepoise lamp for your desk, Eames Lounge Chair for your study or Le Corbusier Sofa for your office are now going be quite pricey, as there will be fewer representations available. So be prepared to do some serious online shopping research or be ready to settle a dodgy knock off (and possibly one of your friends casually noticing it one day and embarrassing you in polite company). I know which one I would prefer myself.
Some of the most copied designs are now protected by this law, including: Eames DSW Chair, Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair, Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair, Pauchard's Tolix Chair, Isamu Noguchi Coffee Table, Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Pendant Lamp and many others classics.
I know what many of you are thinking, 'I'd rather have a cheaper option as I'm not stupidly rich'. Well, in my experience it also cheapens your home if you start collecting fakes. I would prefer purchasing affordable furniture and be buying key classic pieces that lift the entire look of your home by being a focal point of the room. Also, think of it as an investment, and not a purchase. If you buy a classic furniture design now, I can guarantee it will still look fantastic 20 or 30 years on and be the envy of all your friends.
Go forth and shop with confidence people!
Love Omar x