Design Cheats vs Originals

When it comes to designing products, it's getting harder and harder to come up with original ideas that not only look beautiful and (hopefully) function well, but ones that will grab enough attention in an overcrowded market and actually sell.  I get it, it's a tough biz these days.

But what happens when designers "borrow" from others and create products that are direct copies or slightly altered versions of the original? One such product that I recently stumbled across is this Sonora Canyon Sling Chair from Ralph Lauren (left), which bears a direct resemblance to the Borge Mogensen "Spanish" chair (right).

Call me crazy but this is a total rip off of the original Spanish chair. Sure it's in a darker finish, it's missing the flat arms and they've added an extra piece on the base, but it's essentially THE SAME CHAIR.

What is even more astounding, however, is that the Ralph Lauren chair, priced at $5,625 is actually more expensive than the Borge Mogensen chair, priced at $4,950. I understand that a lot of "knock off" versions of many different products exist out there, but when they are priced higher than the original, that's just insane. So I'm not sure if I should technically call the Sonora Canyon Sling Chair a knock off, a replica or an homage to the original.  I'm just shocked that nobody has called them out on this yet.

Oh Hay...

What can I say about Hay furniture. Well, first, I am a sucker for anything Danish, modern, simple, extremely functional and durable. Hay truly accomplishes all of these feats, and they are gifted with being Danish, so it's truly a win win for everybody. What is there not to love about Hay furniture? Just take a look at an example of a perfect Hay office chair. I love how the bright citron pops against the white shell with a base that's done in a soap treated oak. This chair would look just as good in an office, dining room or kids play space.

Another one of my absolute favorites is this exceptionally well crafted and classically designed dining room chair. It comes in a variety of different colors, but the black is so smart and stylish. I would love to use this on both ends of a black dining room table.

Clearly by now you've fallen in love with Hay chairs, but the company also makes sofas, tables, bookcases...too many things to show you here. I highly recommend you check out their website. Besides making super great furniture pieces, they also have a huge accessories line.

All of the above products can be found for purchase online at The Modern Shop which offers free shipping anywhere in Canada on orders over $99.