Are you a design genius? Well, according to this quiz I just might be. And I bet you are too. So you should probably find out.
Let's be honest though, you don't have to take the quiz to figure out that Apartment Therapy is just listing the seven most iconic pieces of modern design. Eames, Mies, Noguchi- they're all there. But who cares if you can name them if you can't actually afford to buy them?
This is where I can help. After a light scouring of the internet, I came up with alternatives for five iconic pieces of furniture (and we just so happen to have the Saarinen-like tulip table and the Bertoia chairs, so I've done my research). You may not be able to afford the real thing but you can probably afford one of these.
Design Genius status for all!
*Author's Note: I chose NOT to include unlicensed copies/"replicas" because, well, these are fakes, and I really didn't want to get into a whole "real" Eames lounger vs. "fake" Eames lounger argument. Obviously you can buy knock-offs of these pieces for very little money. Do what you need to do, but if your conscience gets the better of you, here are some "inspired by" alternatives.
This one was tough. Why? Because there's not really anything like an Eames lounger. But these two come pretty darn close.
Unlike the Eames lounger, you can find a Saarinen tulip table look-a-like just about anywhere. Plus, the prices are amazing for these two.
I was happy to read that these dining chairs from Crate and Barrel received high marks in comfort (and style) from reviewers. Not quite the shiny chrome look of the Bertoia chairs, but the shape is classic.
West Elm has a really great selection of coffee tables right now, and this Noguchi-influenced one has the formal simplicity that is so desirable.
I love the big arc floor lamps, but I never seem to have the right space for one. I hope you do because this George Kovacs version is pretty great.
This architectural historian cannot stop thinking about buildings, food, and that vintage rug she found online.