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A Candy-Colored World


Original table design by Patricia Urquiola as knocked off by Hikari Design

1/4/22: a new reader has informed me that they believe Hikari Design, about whom I wrote in July of 2021, to be selling knock-offs. After some initial hunting using the artists the reader listed, I discovered that, indeed, many – if not all – of the wares for which Hikari Design is taking credit seem to be at least heavily influenced by other artists.

Alas, I am not a journalist. I take what time I can spare every day to blog about things that I like. It makes me very sad that I promoted a company passing off other artists’ work as their own design, but I’m not sure what I could have done differently. Even knowing now that at least some of Hikari’s designs are knockoffs, I haven’t been able to find any references or reviews saying Hikari steals other artists’ work.

To correct this error, where possible, I have given credit to the original designers below each Instagram post. If anyone knows the artist responsible for any of the unidentified items below, please let me know.

I will endeavor to do better in future, but I can’t promise I won’t be hoodwinked again by another unscrupulous seller. I don’t have the resources or the time to check the reputation of every one of my subjects (and a reputation check of this one wouldn’t have turned up anything illuminating). The only subject on which I am an expert is my own taste, so if I get it wrong once it a while, I hope you lovelies will continue to let me know where I’ve been misled. Thanks for your continued support.

Knockoff of Cutipol Kube Matte Gold/Black Handle Flatware
Possibly inspired by the work of ceramicist Sandi Fellman
Knockoff of Cutipol Goa Matte Gold/Pink Handle Flatware
Knocked off absolutely everywhere. Origin unknown.
Knockoffs of Geometry by CELINÉ
Possibly originally by Articure, though that seems like another knockoff brand.
Knockoff of Lyfe Planter by Flyte
Origin unknown.
Knocked off absolutely everywhere. Origin unknown.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

22 thoughts on “A Candy-Colored World

  1. Those are really clever. I especially like the ‘air plants’. Mine got lost in the move. Hal

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  2. Now this is the kind of minimalism I can get on board with. Spartan and pared back spaces I cannot do but simple, elegant design definitely appeals to me. The lamp is lovely and I also really like the cutlery and crockery.

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  3. Yes! They are indeed being copied and so thanks for revealing the original.

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  4. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…” I love it all too!

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  5. Just fell down the flatware rabbit hole—I long for the day when no offspring reside with us and we can employ the Paris flatware without fear of finding it glued to the dried milk in a week old bowl of cereal…..I’ll be saving my pennies for the future….

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  6. Please do basic research Donna, before proclaiming originality.
    Nothing about Hikari is original !


    • I don’t think I deserve your condescending “please do basic research.” I took the claims of originality from the company’s website. After your first comment, I went hunting, and I now see that at least some of Hikari’s wares are based upon other artists’ works. Since I wasn’t familiar with those designs, however, I don’t know how I could have known that they were knock-offs. I have rewritten the post, giving credit to the original designers where I could. I would appreciate your help identifying the origins of the copied items.

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  8. I am sure it would have been much easier for you to just delete this post from the back catalogue of OBT posts. I appreciate the effort it took to research the original designs and provide the amended links in addition to making the correction to the post.

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  9. It is kinda sad but … does let some of us get a hold of something we couldn’t afford if it is the real thing. I do think there should be a notice some where that this isn’t the real thing. Of course cost should tell but not always. It’s when we ,or you, pay real price and don’t get real thing that the problem sets in.

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    • I can see how it would be infuriating for someone to design something of which they are proud, only to have another person or company steal their idea and claim it for their own. I just don’t know how to keep from being fooled again…

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