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Is a Replica Equal to an Original?


We are often asked the question "Is a Replica Equal to an Original?" Our Answer is below:

The short answer - "No". 

The long answer -  "Definitely No". 

An original is designed and made with the ultimate level of precision and care. They are built to last and sometimes serve your interiors for decades. They can even serve as an investment in a niche asset class - For example, an original Serge Mouille design has significantly increased in value over time. We have a lot of respect for original designers and products - we sell many originals from local Australian designers ourselves. 

However, a replica, by any metric other than function, does not intend to be exactly like the original. A replica is a copy of an original, and is produced in a way to make the design accessible to the general public. That is essentially our goal - Make designer lighting affordable and accessible to everyone. Of course the quality is not the same but given the lower price point, some customers are OK with that. Many others are not OK with replicas and they will buy originals - there will always be a market for original design. We are just here for the customers who cannot afford the originals and would prefer to substitute for a replica.

In conclusion, Zest Lighting does not product exact copies of originals but we think we do a fine job in offering good replicas at an affordable price to our customers who cannot afford the high brow pricing of the originals. 

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