x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

How to spot fake furniture

Is that a real Barcelona chair? Here's what to look for in four classic pieces of furniture to identify the genuine article.

Egg chair.
Egg chair.

The Barcelona chair

Designed by: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Made by: Knoll Original price: Dh23,500

Average reproduction price: Dh3,000

How to identify a genuine model: Has the designer's name and KnollStudio imprinted on the outside edge. The legs and frame are made from non-magnetic stainless steel, rather than chrome-plated steel.


Arco lamp

Designed by: Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Made by: Flos

Original price: Dh8,200

Average reproduction price: Dh1,700

How to identify a genuine model: Has a very heavy marble base with circular hole drilled in the side. A real one will be 2.32m, much taller than a copy.


Egg chair

Designed by: Arne Jacobsen

Made by: Fritz Hansen

Original price: Dh44,000

Average reproduction price: Dh3,500

How to identify a genuine model: The leather or fabric upholstery is stitched, rather than glued and it should have a clean swivel. Stamped with a label that says 'Republic of Fritz Hansen'.


E1027 side table

Designed by: Eileen Gray

Made by: ClassiCon

Original price: Dh3,300

Average reproduction price: Dh823

How to identify a genuine model: The ClassiCon name and serial number, plus Eileen Gray's signature will be embossed on the frame.