New copyright law abolishes the sale of designer replica furniture

Eames replicas will be gone soon.

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Bad news faux loving furniture friends - affordable replica designer furniture will be banished under new copyright laws.

Last year the UK Government announced a change to the copyright law that once stated furniture designs could be replicated 25 years after the designer's death. The new act extends this period to 70 years after the designer's death.

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Companies were given 5 years to adjust stock and design in order and comply with these changes, however out of nowhere the act was brought in for April 2016.

Following that, retailers won't be permitted to sell replica furniture that is similar to a designer piece from the past 70 years.

That's right, I'm afraid those contemporary Eames inspired Eiffel Chairs and Jielde look alike lamps will be gone from your favourite stockist's site.

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Many businesses solely designed to offer affordable replica furniture will struggle to adapt to the new laws.

For Cult Furniture, the only option is to develop its own furniture line. Since the announcement, Cult have been working around the clock to produce a new range of furniture that is inspired by best selling pieces.

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Cult Furniture CEO, Fiaz Iqbal, says: "We firmly believe that everyone should have access to good design. When they want to buy reproductions, this is their choice. We hope to provide an alternative, to keep the vision of Eames alive: that good design should be affordable and for everyone, not just the rich and famous."


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.