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Hello AT,

Why would someone pay $1,400 for an "official" (licensed) Henry Miller [sic] Noguchi coffee table from DWR, as opposed to paying $770 for almost the same exact piece from Modernica?

Does it have anything to do with resell value?

Thanks in advance, Ken

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Dear Ken, Good question. Undoubtedly, Herman Miller has alot to lose by NOT convincing you that there is a difference, BUT, without having put a coffee cup on either one at the same time, we believe that they are almost exactly the same.

Remember that Modernica is also the manufacturer, so they have a much lower price point. DWR and Herman Miller both have to make some money. However, as far as collecting goes, the Herman Miller will be more collectible and resellable just because everyone knows who they are. There IS something in a name - especially on Craigslist... Anyone else?

BTW, Room and Board sells the Herman Miller version for $1145 (and shipping is MUCH better).

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