Thursday, February 25, 2010

Doing A Design Double Take

I was perusing the online catalog Anthro emailed to me today and happened upon this mirror:

Anthropologie calls it the Weathered Curlicue Mirror and it includes this discription:

As if plucked from a 19th century farmhouse, this remilled pine mirror is full of rustic charm.
  • Remilled pine, glass
  • 34"L, 27"W
  • Imported
An additional $30 will be added for shipping and handling. This item will ship via UPS Ground and is only available for delivery within the continental United States. Shipment to international locations, U.S. territories, AK, HI, P.O. boxes, APO/FPO addresses and express ship methods are unavailable for this item.
style #960030

So, does it look familiar to you?  If you're a design junkie like me, it probably does because it looks very much like a mirror that appeared in Restoration Hardware's catalog months ago.  RH calls it the Mansard Scroll Mirror and here's a picture of it taken from their website:

This is the description for the Restoration Hardware Mirror:
As you can see, the dimensions are the same for both versions.  I notice a distinct difference in the little double scallop at the top of the Antho version. It appears the scallops are inverted on their version.

I know vendors copy each others merchandise all the time but it's odd that the copy is more expensive than the original design.

So you can have the original design from Restoration Hardware for $295 or you can purchase the imitation from Anthropologie for $73 more at $368.'s a tough call ;-)

Hopefully the Restoration Hardware mirror's designer, David Thompson, is flattered by the rip off imitation of his design.


High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh what a good design detective you are! Good eye!

Christine said...

Camila, you know I couldn't let all those years of watching Murder She Wrote go to waste ;-)

Anonymous said...

The Restoration Hardware design is nicer, but the difference in pirce from the Anthropolgie version is not so great: If you try to order a Restoration Hardware Mansard Scroll Mirror, you will find that the postage AND the "postage surcharge" add up to $40 - $50 dollars, and there is no way of getting around them. It is an internet only item. Looks like Restoration Hardware hooks you on a beautiful, reasonably priced item and then makes its money off the "postage."