Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Kimber Watson
Jan 28, 2010

I have to admit, I was thrilled when I saw the latest addition to West Elm's bedding line. I've had my eye on the Draper sheet set from Dwell Studio for awhile, but can't quite afford the hefty price tag. While perusing the web for striped sheets, not only did I notice West Elm's stripe print sheet set, but a few other similar looking items as well.

In my opinion, the similarity was a no-brainer. Not only were they offering a wide stripe sheet set in a gray shade similar to the Draper Ash, but the accent color in the coordinating bedding added further resemblance. Dwell Studio calls theirs saffron, a muted mustardy yellow; West Elm's horseradish is a slightly more vibrant, golden hue.



Dwell Studio's Draper Ash Bedding



West Elm's Stripe Print Sheet Set


There also seemed to be some other similarities among their textiles. Comparable color palettes, prints, and size of the prints was what stood out most to me. Of course, I realize it's not the first time we've seen knock-offs. The design world is full of derivative works and reproductions, be it bedding, fine art, or furniture.

I decided to show the pictures to my significant other to see what he thought. Aside from noticing two sets of striped sheets, he wasn't really buying it. So readers, what do you think? Copied or coincidence? Would this alter your buying decision?

While I realize West Elm's version might not be quite as luxurious as Dwell Studio's, I've decided to go ahead and order them (I currently own a Dwell Studio duvet). For those of us who can't — or don't want to — spend $270 on a set of sheets, it's nice to have a more affordable option.

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