Be Aware of Imitators

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Or, as the adage suggests … should we be flattered by them?

Whatever the case, I just say know what you’re buying and why.

Licensed manufacturers of classic designs are often imitated.  On some level, it speaks to the quality of that original idea.  Saarinen’s table is so perfectly proportioned, so extremely elegant … everyone wants in on the game!

The licensed manufacturer of the piece (in the above example Knoll) represents top quality and adherence to the designer’s original intent … nothing tweaked to confound original scale and elegance.  Nothing compromised.

An original idea is sometimes bigger than the way we usually see it.  Corbusier’s foundation reveals that this famous chair was originally conceived in a whole host of colors and finishes. You can break the black and chrome barrier to try your own interpretation but still remain faithful to the original idea…

You can see quality, you can feel it with your hands, it gives you satisfaction every day you live with it.  We want you to have years, even generations, of use and enjoyment!  I can remember a client once telling me that they purchased a pair of Cassina sofas back in the early 1980’s when they lived in Florida.  Two teenage boys and 25 years later when they moved to Tulsa, those sofas went directly into their living room without missing a beat … original upholstery and all!

Does this mean you can’t take home a flea market treasure?  Absolutely not!  Nothing wrong with a bargain.  But, if you cast off purchases (bargains or no) often, maybe you’ve not found your true love, the right fit, the home that truly reflects who you are and how you live.  That fake Barcelona (“Farcelona”) chair is a chunk of your hard-earned dough no matter what you paid for it!  Maybe you’d consider what will stand up to the test of time?

If you’re not sure about it, just go slowly.  Educate yourself about what is out there:  who produces quality, can you customize the piece in ways consistent with the designer’s original idea, is this the right item for my home?  Then proceed with confidence and commitment about what you want — you’ll discard less and love more as these decisions age gracefully over time in your beautiful home.

SR Hughes showroom is the only place in Oklahoma for original designs from the Modern masters as well as the best in contemporary furniture design today.  Visit us today and we’ll help you express your original style!

From Feb 28th – March 3rd, save on authorized classics from Knoll like the Saarinen table in this post!

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