// Technique of Series 7
- Let’s first look at the technique of the Series 7 by Arne Jacobsen. Its durability speaks for itself in the video. Fakes break. Originals don’t. The craft of a design piece is so much more than the form and its ergonomics. It’s the technicalities of the craft that makes it that much more durable and desired for. For the Series 7, it’s actually made of different layers and not a single piece of wood, or two separate pieces then combined for that matter.
// Technique of the Egg
- As for the Egg lounge chair, again by Arne Jacobsen, it’s actually hand stitched by artisans with decades of experience with the stitch count varying from 1253 to 1257. It takes 3 days just for one person to finish the stitching while the whole chair takes a staggering 5 to 7 weeks. Originals are sleek and made of one full piece of fabric or leather. For the leather upholstered Egg chairs, you can see some wrinkles at the back of the chair. The wrinkles are actually the actual marks of the cow’s back, where their shoulder blades are. Their seats are also protruded out of the Egg’s form. This prevents the user from experiencing discomfort.
- Although fakes try their best to have an exact copy of the originals, there are still major flaws in their execution. Fakes tend to be bulkier. Their fabrics might also be stitched together at obvious places, which breaks away from looking as ‘clean’ as it was intended to. The seats of fakes are also not protruded; therefore one would feel very uncomfortable since one’s thigh would be resting on the hard shell of the Egg chair.
On the consumer side of things, why would one feel proud telling friends and family that it’s fake and just a copy of a designer chair? You’re proudly saying I paid money for a low quality scam and I’m proud to be scammed. The cost of manufacturing fakes is nowhere near their selling price and it’s a product without an identity. There’s no story behind it. You’re basically paying for a lifeless piece of furniture to be placed right in your home – a place where many would consider it to be an environment offering security and happiness. It’s no wonder why many of us are so lifeless and just living through the motions of society.
- Right down to its detail, PK80 by designer Poul Kjærholm has bolts and screws which are handmade. Yes, every single one of them. It’s only through being an expert in your field (and FUSSY) that you want what’s best for everything even if it comes down carving the bolts and screws by hand.
ARTISANS AND CRAFTSMEN
There are always alternatives to higher priced items, which are better designed than fakes. If you need help looking for an alternative, let us know. We’ll help you! Let’s start changing the way we think about buying fakes and give originals the credit they so rightfully deserve. In the hopes of improving the situation, we’ve listed down areas and establishments which are big on fakes in Singapore. Read the whole article of “Law Abiding Singapore Big On Fakes“. You’ll be shocked!
Special Thanks: Dario Reicherl
Images: Fritz Hansen