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5 Ways to Spot An Authentic Designer Piece

Copies are everywhere. Don't be fooled!

Original Article: Mike Rivera Photography: Ebay and Decoratualma (Main Photos) and Albert Labrador

Designer furniture are great investment pieces—the impeccable quality and craftsmanship make them worthy of the hefty price tag. But just like designer bags and shoes, fake furniture pieces can be seen just about anywhere. Protect your hard-earned cash—look for these marks of authenticity before you splurge: 

1. Store shelf talkers

Some stores, like Dimensione, display the product name and the designer in front of the furniture piece. If you see these, then the piece you are looking at is authentic. Dimensione even has a separate section devoted to designer brands like Magis.

2. Stickers

Look for stickers that bear the brand's name, like this sticker behind the backrest of the Laleggera Chair by Riccardo Blumer for Alias.

Visit to check out other Alias designer pieces.

3. Manufacturer's Tag

When you see a Kartell piece, you will also see the Kartell tag—which shows the designer's name, full description of the product, and where it was made—attached to it.

Kartell pieces are available locally at Dexterton, 3/L Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.

4. Embossed or stamped manufacturer's logo and production number

Look for this when buying Kartell or Artemide products, vintage Panton Chairs (Herman Miller edition), and Tulip Chairs. If this sign is absent, then the piece you're looking at is not authentic.

5. Embossed or etched designer's signature

This can be seen on the Noguchi Table by Japanese designer Isamu Noguchi.

The Noguchi Table is available locally at CWC Interiors, W Global Center, 30th Street cor. 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Read the original article ("The Real Thing) in the November 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Main photos: Ebay and Decoratualma.

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