Designer cheat chic

Oh I love a designer classic. My home would be a museum of iconic furniture design if funds allowed. My shopping list would include:

1) A Le Corburssier Chaise 

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2) A Sputnik Chandelier

3) Hans Wenger Wishbone dining chairs

As far as I can tell, the ONLY thing wrong with classic designer pieces is the fact that I can't afford them. Which is a bit of a sticking point, admittedly.

So thank heavens for on-line designer-style store Vita, who make it possible for non-celebs like me to own furniture celebs like this.

Arne Jacobsen style egg chair £489 www.vita-interiors.com

Arne Jacobsen style egg chair £489 www.vita-interiors.com

Cool huh?

Now, there will be some of you reading this who will tut and sigh, mutter FAKER under your breath ... and who knows, maybe even do that horrible thing of hitting delete. For you guys I'm throwing in the A bomb.  

Abigail Ahern - she of dark colours and Super Styling. Yes even AA says going down the designer cheat route is absolutely fine. If you don't believe me then hear it for yourself at her amazingly brilliant crash course in cool - the Abigail Ahern Design School - held at her own jaw dropping London home. Oh and while you're there, check out the dreamy marble top Tulip table (where you may be lucky enough to eat your lunch) and ask AA if it's a real one.

My guess is she will smile the smile of a qualified design cheat. The smile that says, I could if I wanted to, but I don't. And  - Like, why would I pay thousands of quid when I can get a brilliant copy for peanuts? THAT smile. Know the one?

I do because I've also got the smile. Ever since I placed this copycat George Nelson Starburst clock in my family room and witnessed my walls shift from mediocre to marvellously mid century modern.

George Nelson style Starburst clock £49.95 www.vita-interiors.com

George Nelson style Starburst clock £49.95 www.vita-interiors.com

Here it is in-situ:

See, designer pieces have the power to add the wow to a room - kind of a celebrity element that non brands are missing.  Whether we like it or not, somewhere in our subconscious we register an appreciation of iconic design and when we see it for real - original, reproduced, even parodied - we have to admire it.

The clock is an entry level example of excellent designer cheating. For around a quarter of the price of an original George Nelson clock, Vita Interiors has a massive choice of reproduced retro designs available, including the infamous ball clock:

Ball clock £49.95 www.vita-interiors.com

Ball clock £49.95 www.vita-interiors.com

And the ultimate eye-catcher:

George Nelson Eye clock £69.50 www.vita-interiors.com

George Nelson Eye clock £69.50 www.vita-interiors.com

My colourful starburst clock is a perfect reminder that it's about time I progressed onto Grade 2 designer cheating: Statement Lighting:

Poul Henningsen Artichoke light - £166 www.vita-interiors.com

Poul Henningsen Artichoke light - £166 www.vita-interiors.com

 

And then onto Grade 3: Fine Dining 

Eero Saarinen style Tulip table with marble top - £995 www.vita-interiors.com

Eero Saarinen style Tulip table with marble top - £995 www.vita-interiors.com

Come to think of it, the only time I might turn my nose up at designer cheating is if I win the Euromillions. In which case, money will be no object and I will happily, guiltlessly, spend my fortune on the real McCoy, which we all know is the ultimate goal really.

Until then I am happy in the knowledge that going copycat gives me the double benefit of owning something that looks like the thing I really want, but won't have me up on a GBH charge every time my children launch a flying plastic object within half a metre of it.

Maybe if I didn't have kids things would be different, but since I do, I'm championing the view that buying a lookalike classic is still an appreciation of great design, whilst also acknowledging that practicality is an equally important virtue of modern style.  

I would love to know what you think of designer copycats. Would you fake it with pride or only own originals? Would you even notice... Do you even care? 

Please do drop me a line and share any other style secrets you may be hiding because it's really not cool to keep these things to yourselves. That would be cheating.