Originally Posted by Andre Yew
I know of one knockoff they sell: the Eileen Gray side table. The official one made by ClassiCon costs significantly more. AFAIK, the other iconic pieces (from Knoll, Herman Miller, etc.) are approved production.
However, for their Eames fiberglass shell chairs, I'd rather get the Modernica versions than the official versions sold by DWR. The official ones are done in polypropylene which make them pretty sterile. The Modernica ones are made from the original mold, and from fiberglass, and the fiberglass gives them a lot more character.
This is precisely the reason I got the Modernica version.
The arguments as to what is genuine and what's a knock off is very complicated in the furniture realm. The Modernica example is illustrative. The original Eames chairs were made of fiberglass. Herman Miller is the authorized manufacturer of the chairs, but they make them out of plastic now(some believe the reason is for cost-cutting, though the stated reason is for the environment). Modernica makes them out of fiberglass using the original molds, but doesn't have a license. Which is the "real" Eames chair?
To answer to the question above, the vast vast majority of DWR stuff are genuine reproductions, meaning, officially licensed. The unlicensed reproductions are generally referred to as knock-offs, and unless you can be assured you're getting high quality, it is probably best to stay away.