Good Questions: Barcelona knockoffs

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Alicia tipped us off to a fun contest to check out and she asked a good question.

Dear AT,
The Tower Lofts in Minneapolis (towerlofts.com) is having a Top Lofts design contest for loftowners in their building.

I'm a big fan of these white chairs I spotted in one of the lofts. It's clearly a knockoff of van der Rohe's Barcelona chair, but I'm hoping it's an affordable alternative they've found. Any idea where they're from? - Alicia

Barcelona knock-offs are all over the web. The real challenge is finding one that balances reasonable quality with price. We did a little research and here is a sample range we found (with some details):

$549. (shipping $40.) at EB Peters (black or special order white only, leather top and synthetic sides, made in China)

$899. (shipping $175) at Funky Sofa (color choice, all leather -Italian, steel frame -Korean, assembled in California )

$1090. (free shipping) at MOD spaces (color choice, made in Italy)

$1899. (shipping $90) at eurofurniture.com (color choice, made in Italy) This is the online shop for European Furniture Warehouse, located in Chicago, so you may be able to go check this one out in person.

and finally, for comparison, the real deal, by Knoll:

$3499. for chrome, $5177. for stainless steel

Whew! Lots of options and info, but the best answer would be a recommendation (or a warning) from someone who's got experience with Barcelona or other classic design copies...if you have any info for Alicia, please comment away.

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