They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But when does it make sense to buy the authentic original?
For some purchases, more so than others, I strongly believe that only the original brand will suffice. For me, this includes certain products such as an IPhone. Despite all the imitations out there that look exactly the same, consumers still lean toward buying the original. Moreover, a cheap imitation can often cost in the long run as it is more likely to break down.
When it comes to furniture, I feel very much the same way. While part of this is due to the overall look and feel of an original design, it is also a quality issue.
Many knock-offs have a lower cost for a reason. The material used is often low quality and unlikely to last long-term.
However, my latest household addition was a stunning Canasta’13 outdoor chair by B&B Italia. I picked it up at Matisse in Parnell and it’s quality, and their attentive customer service, is what had me sold.
So, before you consider buying that oh-so-cheap replica Eames chair, consider investing in the original to get the look and quality you deserve.