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The Most Copied Chairs: How Much Do They Cost?

Dating as far back as the 1920s, these most-copied chairs remain relevant in today's design scene.
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We may not realize it, but there are replicated furniture designs everywhereat our local malls, our favorite cafés, and even our workplaces. Many designs that we may be used to seeing every day may have been taken from styles that were first released decades ago. Now deemed classics, here are some iconic chairs you might recognize and the price tags they carry for the real deal.

Barcelona Chair

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Designer: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll

Year: 1929

Price: $5,760 (approximately P288,778)

A pioneer in the modern movement of design, the Barcelona chair epitomizes the famous philosophy of its maker, “less is more.” The chair comes in a range of Spinneybeck leathers and incorporates elegance and simplicity with the unconventional pairing of leather and steel legs.

Egg Easy Chair

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Designer: Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen

Year: 1958

Price: P339,000 to P424,000

One usually thinks of a chair with vertical and horizontal edges, but Jacobsen imagined something sculptural and round for this lounge chair. It was the first design to use a new technique back then, which installed a strong foam inner shell underneath its upholstery.

Available at Studio Dimensione, One Parkade, 28th Street Corner 7th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 736.3728

Series 7 3107 chair

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Designer: Arne Jacobsen

Year: 1955

Price: P29,000

Before the Egg easy chair, there was its older sister, the Series 7. With a popular version in full lacquer with chromed steel legs, this design contains the same sleek curves that Jacobsen first introduced to the world.

Available at Studio Dimensione, One Parkade, 28th Street Corner 7th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 736.3728

Bertoia Diamond Chair


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Designer: Harry Bertoia for Knoll

Year: 1952

Price: P380,000

More of a work of art than something to merely sit on, the Diamond Chair was ahead of its time. Structural and futuristic, distributors call it “an astounding study in space, form, and function.” Bertoia’s wire chairs have also been the subjects of many replicas.

Available at Living Innovations, Fort Victoria, 5th Avenue, corner 23rd Street, Taguig, 830.2230

Aalto Stool 60


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Designer: Alvar Aalto for Artek

Year: 1933

Price: £217 (approximately P13,573)

This stackable stool represents functionalist furniture design, with its elevated flat surface founded on three bent legs. The unique design served as basis for future Aalto chairs.

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1006 Navy Chair



Designer: Emeco

Year: 1994

Price: £580 (approximately P36,260)

Initially manufactured for use on submarines, the 1006 Navy Chair has been in production since World War II. This durable seat produced from soft, recycled aluminum is built to last. True enough, after the war, it was distributed to prisons and hospitals before becoming a fixture at restaurants and cafes. You might remember seeing it in movies such as The Matrix.

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A Chair



Designer: Xavier Pauchard for Tolix

Year: 1934

Price: £195 (approximately P12,211)

A staple piece of furniture in cafes and retro kitchens around the world, the A Chair was meant to withstand the outdoors, hence the holes on the seat meant to drain water from the rain. The chair is now part of the collections of MoMA in New York and is still being produced in 50 colors.

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Louis Ghost Chair

Designer: Philippe Starck for Kartell

Year: 2002

Price: P18,666

Not as old as the other designs on this list, the Louis Ghost chair makes up for its age in its design. Inspired by the silhouette of the chairs from the Louis XV’s reign, this comfortable armchair is made of transparent and colored polycarbonate.

Available at Dexterton, Lot 2 Block 32, 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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Victoria Ghost Chair

Designer: Philippe Starck for Kartell

Year: 2000

Price: P21,333

Essentially the Louis Ghost chair but without the armrest, the Victoria Ghost features a round backrest that recalls the shape of antique medallions.

Available at Dexterton, Lot 2 Block 32, 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Eames Lounge Chair


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Designer: Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller

Year: 1956

Price: P518,000

The designers’ concept for this chair was the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt,” and many would agree that they’ve nailed their peg. Beyond comfort, the lounge chair immediately became a fixture in households across America. It’s become such an icon of American design that it is displayed in museums.

Available at Herman Miller, CWC International Corp. 30th Floor, Unit B, Citibank Tower Valero cor. Villar Sts. Salcedo Village, Makati City, 659.6449

Tufty-Time 15 Sofa


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Designer:
Patricia Urquiola

Year: 2005

Price: P1,762,000

The Tufty-Time, a modular seating system, is a variation of the 2005 classic. Its versatility meets the needs of modern living as its configuration possibilities are endless. Its primary material is customizable and you may choose from an assortment of top-quality leathers and fabrics.

Available at B&B Italia, Twenty-four Seven McKinley, 24th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City; 705.9999

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