Top Replica Designer Furniture You Need To Know About

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Replica furniture is in high-demand across Australia! No doubt you’ve seen Tolix and Eames chairs taking the market by storm. But there’s a whole world of designer replicas out there to discover! We’ve rounded up our top 10 faves…

Replica designs are a popular choice for those who love good design but can’t quite afford the real deal.

It’s common to see quality replicas of high-end furniture in cafés, restaurants and shopping centres. And in plenty of style-savvy homes too!

We narrowed our list down to 10 of the very best replica designs. These are styles that last the test of time and would look wonderful in any setting 😉

1. Replica Tolix by Xavier Pauchard

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Replica Tolix Wooden Seat Bar Chair, Blue from Simpel and the Jetmore Mango Wood Pendant Light from Casa Uno. Shop all bar stools online at Zanui.

Frenchman, Xavier Pauchard, first registered the original design for the Tolix chair in 1927. Pauchard was the first person to consider galvanising metal furniture. This meant his designs featured on board ships, in factories and offices, and even in public parks.

The industrial design is commonly seen in bar stools and dining chairs these days. Check out the perforated Tolix for a bit of texture!

Tolix is perfect for commercial settings as well as home kitchens. This durable furniture suits growing families and industrial design lovers alike.

2. + 3. Replica DSR & DSW by Charles & Ray Eames

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Replica Eames Eiffel DSW Dining Chair, Walnut Legs from Simpel on the Knots Diamond Modern Rug from Rug Culture. Shop dining chairs online at Zanui.

Husband-and-wife duo, Charles & Ray Eames, were iconic in shaping the mid-century design movement. The DSR chair was first designed in 1948, featuring a moulded seat and beautiful timber legs. The DSW chair followed two years later with a chrome metal base for contrast.

A common choice for many restaurants (and domestic homes alike), the DSR and DSW are perfect for fitting around a dining table.

The retro-inspired curves are comfortable and the legs create a bold design feature, combining form and function in the best way possible.

4. Replica Butterfly Chairs by Bonet, Kurchan & Hardoy

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NuBuck Butterfly Chair, Vintage Brown Leather from Nubuck. Shop all armchairs online at Zanui.

It’s a little unclear about where the original butterfly chair came from, but it’s generally attributed to three designers – Antoin Bonet, Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy – who worked together to create the ‘BKF’ chair in 1938.

It was preceded by existing fold-up furniture of the late 19th Century. But the BKF butterfly chair was first presented to the public in 1940 and has made a comeback in recent years!

We love the laid-back, leather look of the butterfly. It’s the perfect balance of casual comfort and vintage charm, faultless in any living room.

5. Replica Heidi by Sebastian Wrong

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Replica Sebastian Wrong Heidi Tractor Bar Stool from Simpel. Shop all bar stools online at Zanui. Image credit: Popsphere via Instagram.

A modern classic, the Heidi stool was originally released in 2008 by designer Sebastian Wrong for the studio Established & Sons. The ‘tractor’ seat’s beautiful, contoured form is a fusion of country and contemporary.

Heidi bar stools range from brightly coloured to classic in timber tones. You’ll commonly see them at bars or at kitchen benches, seamlessly styled into modern or urban-industrial aesthetics.

Its unique and tactile shape makes it a stunner in any space. It also provides a good talking point to guests!

6. Replica Coffee Table by Isamu Noguchi

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Replica Isamu Noguchi Coffee Table from Staddt & Co. Shop all coffee & side tables online at Zanui. Image via Pinterest.

Known only as ‘the Noguchi table’, this sculptural design first launched in 1947 by the Henry Miller studio. Isamu Noguchi was a Japanese-American designer inspired by the freeform of ‘biomorphism’.

It features a signature timber base curving in on itself and balancing precariously – usually made in hardwood walnut, birch or cherry – and topped with a triangle of clear glass. Stunning!

The Noguchi table works with typical mid-century modern styles (something a little bit retro!). But it also complements Japanese and Scandinavian styles as well.

7. Replica Caprice by Marcello Ziliani

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Replica Marcello Ziliani Caprice Dining Chair from Simpel on the Knots Diamond Modern Jute Rug, Black from Rug Culture. Shop dining chairs online at Zanui.

Another modern classic! Marcello Ziliani made the first Caprice chair which launched in 2007 by Italian studio, Casprini. With a moulded plastic seat and metal legs for contrast, it’s both comfortable and versatile.

The eye-catching design was originally inspired by tree branches; twisting and reaching across the back of the chair.

This uncommon replica dining chair makes a bold statement in modern restaurants and dining rooms. Display as a feature piece against a simpler table setting.

8. Replica Wishbone by Hans Wegner

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Replica Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair from Zanui. Shop dining chairs online at Zanui. Image via Pinterest.

We have renowned Danish designer Hans Wagner to thank for this one! The Wishbone chair was a collaborative creation at the height of Wegner’s career in 1950 and has never been out of production! It’s one of our all-time favourites.

Wegner took a big leap with the Wishbone design. This innovative style uses expert joinery techniques to combine the top and arms into a single piece.

Similar to bentwood designs, this Scandinavian masterpiece looks at home in any contemporary space. Perfect as an occasional chair in your bedroom or home office, too!

9. Replica Maui by Vico Magistretti

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Replica Vico Magistretti Maui Chair by Simpel Shop dining chairs online at Zanui. Image via Pinterest.

Award-winning Italian designer, Vico Magistretti, released the Maui chair in 1996 through the studio Kartell.

The Maui is a late-modern classic. The simple contours of the seat make it practical and versatile for commercial and domestic spaces looking to branch out with something bold yet minimal.

The armless design makes it perfect for dining rooms, while the sleek, straight metal legs look ultramodern.

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Kyra Thomsen is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW. She has experience in copywriting, blogging, journalism, and social media. After completing two degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature in 2013 she began work with the content team at Zanui. Kyra was the winner of the 2012 Questions Writing Prize and her work has been published in print and online for numerous sources, including Writer's Edit, Seizure, and Fairfax Media among others.