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The Look for Less: Studio Job's Paper Chandelier versus the unabashed Copy Cat

November 16, 2010 |  7:00 am

Studio job paper chandelier

The Dutch design team Studio Job is known for making big statements: covering a giant teapot and a man-sized spoon in glass Bisazza tile backed in silver leaf and creating cast brass mugs so large and heavy that they can barely be lifted.

One of Studio Job's most accessible designs is the Paper Chandelier. The light is a streamlined update of curvaceous Rococo design, and it was created for Moooi in 2005. The large version sells for $2,910 at YLighting.

Now the Paper Chandelier has a look-alike, appropriately named the Copy Cat, priced at $950.

One of the photos above is the Studio Job original; the other is the imitation. Keep reading to find out which is the Copy Cat and why the pieces vary in cost ...

Picture 2 Studio Job's Paper Chandelier, above right and in detail at right, gets its name from its construction: paper layered on a wooden base. It's just under 3 feet in diameter and 40 inches tall. It's available in a matte white finish. It can be purchased for $2,910 from YLighting with free shipping.

The Copy Cat is slightly larger -- 37 inches in diameter and 42 inches high. It's manufactured in China for the Los Angeles retailer Maison Bertet. It is made from medium density fiber board (MDF) and not covered in paper; instead it is lacquered, giving it a glossy finish. Available in black or white, it sells for $950 at Maison Bertet, 8438 Beverly Blvd.; (323) 651-5110.

-- David A. Keeps

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Photo credits:  YLighting, Maison Bertet

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