Modern Furniture, Lighting, and Home Accessories

Always Authentic

original vs. knock off

  • Be Original - a commitment to authenticity

    GR Shop.com and Gabriel Ross have joined with hundreds of like-minded people and organizations to demonstrate our commitment to authenticity in design. Be Original is an organization that supports original design and its creators. Our membership confirms our ongoing dedication to inform, educate and influence the public on the value of original design.

    The Barcelona Chair, arguably one of the most famous chairs of the last century, was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929, and it is one of the most knocked off chairs in the market place. The Barcelona Chair, arguably one of the most famous chairs of the last century, was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929, and it is one of the most knocked off chairs in the market place. Here are two of the original chairs, from 1929, in the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, Switzerland.

    The Barcelona Chair, arguably the most famous chair of the last century, was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929, is one of the most knocked off chairs in the market place. Companies that produce licensed designs (such as Knoll, Herman Miller and Cassina) have been forced to become more assertive with stamping and labeling their products to distinguish them from their counterfeit cousins.

    Ross Taylor, owner of GRShop.com and Gabriel Ross, strongly champions Be Original and its work, "GRShop.com and Gabriel Ross has a long history of supporting original design and has been a supporting member of Be Original for several years now. Our tag line "Always Authentic" pretty much sums it up. We feel strongly that originality crosses all price points and if the authentic item that you covet is not in the budget, then seek out something authentic that is. There is an industrial designer out there who would love to have your support."

    You have all seen, and maybe some have unintentionally purchased, a knockoff or a fake. There is a good rule of thumb when buying new or vintage design classics: if there is no mention or markings of the manufacturer, the piece was probably not made by the original or licensed manufacturer. In other words — it's a knock-off.

    Check out Be Original Americas' web page. They encourage you to contact them with photos of examples of original designs that are being copied and sold in the marketplace.
    http://www.beoriginalamericas.com/

  • Originals vs. Knock Offs

    Have you always wondered what the *real* difference is between original design vs. knock offs? We all know what the issues are around registered licenses, copyrights, and artistic/intellectual property theft. We can see and definitely feel the proportional inconsistencies between an original Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman and a knock off. And have you ever tried to pick up a knock off Panton Chair? (use your legs not your back!).

    How about quality and longevity though? In case you've ever questioned the quality difference between an authentic well made piece of furniture and a knock off, Fritz Hansen has put it in perspective for us. Check out this video recently posted to YouTube by Fritz Hansen. It's a quick and simple comparison of their authentic Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen (designed in 1955) compared to 2 other knock offs. The results speak for themselves.

    Also, check out our previous blog post to read more about the Series 7 Chair in a commercial application right here in Victoria BC!

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