The $4 billion problem designers can’t shake

Knockoffs threaten designers’ livelihood. Now companies, from Herman Miller to Gensler to Steelcase, are fighting back.

This story is part of Home Bound, a series that examines Americans’ fraught relationship to their homes—and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hit the reset button. Read more here.

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