Where to Find Original Designs this Holiday

When it comes to the holidays, the mood can go from cheerful to overwhelming from one minute to the next.

What to do?

  1. Bring original design into your home
  2. Support local businesses
  3. Get your loved ones hooked on authentic design!

Giving the gift of original design is a sure way to keep spirits up and show you care. From accessories for festive get-togethers to interior accents to set the mood, here’s where you can find authentic designs this season.

Designs for Gathering

Ready to feast? Sempli creates geometric wine glasses and carafes with a unique sense of balance, while Chilewich’s colorful weaves add a pop of color to the table. Seeking that memorable gift that last a lifetime? Look no further than brands like Alessi and Ligne Roset, who work with whimsical design minds from young to iconic to create unexpected objects and exciting home accessories.

 

Sempli & Alessi

Chilewich & Ligne Roset

 

Know Where to Buy

Stop clicking and start walking! Find a local retailer who knows their way around design. Keep an eye out for stores like these:

They carry high-quality, original pieces, and have knowledgeable staffs who know what makes a design worth investing in.

 

Soft Square

Gabriel Ross

Merry and Bright

Beautiful spaces brighten the mood, and most people don’t know that cheap knockoffs not only harm the integrity of the original design itself, but could contain toxic materials, not last the year, and might be produced in places you’d never want to go!

Skip the cheap and think long-lasting. Bring something special to your space with contemporary lighting designs from FLOS, warm wooden accents from Ethnicraft, or even custom wall grilles from AJK Design Studio.

A company that values original design means they approach their work with making something timeless in mind. All it takes is one look at Design Within Reach’s manufacturer list to find innovative companies like Kartell, Luceplan, Magis, Emeco, Artemide and many more that invest in quality materials made to last.

FLOS & Ethnicraft

Emeco

Magis & Artemide

And we are only skimming the surface. Stay tuned for our Keep It Real series to discover other members who will delight and excite you.

Where do you go to find your favorite original designs? Find inspiration from our members and tell us your story in the comments.

Ask a Retailer: Soft Square

In the movement to support original design, retailers hold a key role: they are the bridge between manufacturers and consumers, bringing designs from the production floor to people’s homes. To find out more, we asked our member Soft Square to tell us about being a retailer that supports original design. 

Tell us a bit about how you got started in the design world.

We first started selling furniture out of a small warehouse. We gradually took steps into expanding the ever-evolving Soft Square. To be in the design business, you have to have a passion for what you do along with tenacity and grit. Modern furniture & timeless design is something we have always loved.

How do you choose which designs you want to represent in your store?

When we go to Milan, Paris or Cologne for trade shows, we must always consider our clients & what makes sense for our market. We are very meticulous with the brands we bring into our store and they have to be original designs. The quality of the product is one of the most important aspects. At the end of the day, we only choose what we love. When clients come in the store they can see the passion behind each carefully selected item.

In your experience, what are some common misconceptions consumers have about authentic design?

One of the misconceptions is that people think they can get a similar item for a lesser price. When you buy a knock-off, for instance, it is not going to be the same quality as the original and won’t last as long. It’s worth paying a bit more and having the original piece, which will wear better and longer.

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