Fake designer furniture

Why is it that normally respectable folks, who wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a fake Rolex, or carrying a fake Louis Vuitton, think it’s fine to fill their houses with fake designer furniture?

Apart from the dubious ethics involved in stealing some impoverished Danish  designer’s hard work, and supporting a Chinese sweatshop industry where toddlers  are whipped until they make enough chair legs, isn’t there something terribly  desperate  about wanting a house full of cheap rip-offs?

Most of these fakes are so built down to a price they don’t even begin to approximate the quality and attention to detail of the real thing. There’s a  reason why a real Eames lounge chair will set you back the best part of six grand, while a papier-mache and sticky-tape version can be had for less than  $1000.