As a furniture design enthusiast with not a lot of money, I find myself in a pickle when it comes to furnishing my own apartment. I would love to fill my home with Herman Miller's finest, but it just isn't a financial option right now. As a result, my home is filled with knockoffs.
A couple of days ago I was featured on Herman Miller's blog. It was such a great honor and it definitely made my week! However, I sat back and thought, "Wow, I don't even own anything Herman Miller! What's wrong with me?". My excuse is this. I love the furniture for its aesthetic, not because of the designer or manufacturer. Because of this, I do what I can. Later in my life, when the time is right, I will fill my abode to the rim with beautiful designer furniture. But for now I have to stick with my knockoffs.
I justify my guilt by immediately telling everyone that my furniture isn't the real thing. But should I be ashamed? Am I supporting a bad cause by buying second-hand knockoffs? Is it bad karma?