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post #46 of 67
Aren't DWR's iconic pieces knockoffs? Can someone explain this to me?
post #47 of 67
Pretty sure DWR's stuff is real (i.e., womb chair by Knoll).

Maybe you're thinking of West Elm or CB2?
post #48 of 67
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Aren't DWR's iconic pieces knockoffs? Can someone explain this to me?

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.

--Andre
post #49 of 67
On this topic--does anyone know where I can get a cheap saarinen womb chair and ottoman? Goddamn they're pricy.
post #50 of 67
Have you checked teh ebay?
post #51 of 67
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On this topic--does anyone know where I can get a cheap saarinen womb chair and ottoman? Goddamn they're pricy.
A google search reveals a lot of knock-offs sold online.
post #52 of 67
I'm thinking more along the lines of "Sure, it just so happens I have an extra. Please stop by and pick it up!" But yeah, I think "replicas" are in my future.

For those in the DC area, have you checked out Modern Capital? The guy seems to know his stuff.
post #53 of 67
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Originally Posted by Andre Yew View Post
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.

--Andre

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.
post #54 of 67
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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?
Thanks, that's what I meant.
post #55 of 67
Ironically, DWR is not really inexpensive despite its alarmingly numerous stores.
post #56 of 67
It's really a misnomer. I believe the "within reach" part was originally intended to refer to availability, not price.
post #57 of 67
What about sources for rugs?

We have our eyes on this one from retromodern.com:
post #58 of 67
I'd go for a Vernor Panton rug if I wanted something graphic in black and white.
post #59 of 67
Or perhaps, a zebra skin?
post #60 of 67
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I'd go for a Vernor Panton rug if I wanted something graphic in black and white.

Beautiful stuff. We are trying to get away with a less expensive rug; the problem is that our aesthetic preferences don't want to comply.

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Or perhaps, a zebra skin?

In your case, I assume only the actual skin of a zebra would satisfy . Unfortunately, I have a thing against animal prints.
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