Exactly what does reproduction mean?
The term used for reproduced furniture and lamps that are similar to the originals. They are merely made by a different manufacturer than the one who initially had the patent of the design. It is the same principle, as you probably know from the pharmaceutical industry, where the original invention of a product legally belongs to the patent-holding company. A patent is, however, always only a given number of years, and then the product can be copied. This applies regardless of whether it is medicine, mechanical inventions, electronics - or design furniture.
A new workshop, same design
Hence, the reproduced furniture and lighting is made by a different manufacturer than the original design furniture, but the drawings and objectives of the original designer are followed, down to the last detail. Thus, it is not essential for the end result, in which design workshop a design chair is produced, but rather the details, objectives, niceties and materials, which creates the perfectly balanced expression and seating comfort. For example, our Egg chair is made exactly according to the drawings of Arne Jacobsen and you can also choose between different variants of leather and cashmere upholstery.
The same applies to the Wishbone chair, to cite another example. Our version is carefully built by our cabinetmakers, down to the smallest detail, in accordance with Wegner's original goals, and in the same way, different woods and finishes have been chosen, making the same options available. Thus you get a chair or lamp identical to the original, when you buy a reproduction at 122 Design – just at a cheaper price since you do not have to pay for the name of the original patent.
Reproduction – the legal side
122 Design is an Irish company that is subject to the Irish Patents Act. According to the Irish rules for a patent, Section 78B of the 'Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000', it is legal to reproduce and sell reproduced furniture 25 years after the original launch. This is exactly what we do. 122 Design is subject to the Irish legislation and is thus fully in accordance with the applicable legislation, therefore you can legally buy furniture from us. If you want more information, we refer you to 'the Irish Statute Book', more specifically Section 78B of 'Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000'. 'Transitional provisions for the Repeal of Section 52' of 'Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
What if you do not live in Ireland?
If you live in an EU or EEA country (European Economic Area), i.e. EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, it is still legal to buy and import any of our products from Ireland. This applies regardless of whether the copyright law of the country you live in differs from the Irish law. This is because you do not violate any laws in your own country regarding individual patent rules when buying from another EU/EEA (European Economic Area) country and comply with the relevant legislation of that country. Or in other words: There is free movement within the EU and you are legally equal to other EU citizens, including of course the Irish. This is why other EU nationals are free to come to the UK and work. And it is for example also the reason why you do not have to pay VAT, e.g. if you buy clothes or cosmetics from another EU country - as is otherwise the case from the United States, which is not an EU country. The Copyright Act in Ireland is 25 years, and all our furniture were originally designed more than 25 years ago. However, if you notice dealers in countries like Denmark or Norway, selling reproduced furniture, it is a different situation. Because they will, with a registration address there, of course, be subject to the Scandinavian copyright law that applies for a longer period.