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How to Tell a Fake From an Original Bertoia Chair

The Bertoia chair is one of the classic pieces of furniture, with a unique appearance and a modern concept. The steel rods sculpted into square patterns allow the Bertoia chair to have a light, almost fantastical appearance. Bertoia chairs complement a wide array of furniture. However, when purchasing a Bertoia chair, be sure you are purchasing an original, rather than a fake. The more you know about the design, appearance and features of the Bertoia chair, the easier it will be to tell a fake from an original Bertoia chair.

Step 1

Examine the design of the chair. The Bertoia chair is made of steel rods. It has a solid appearance, yet a contrasting airiness. If the chair you are looking at seems flimsy or heavy, then it is probably a fake.

Step 2

Determine the manufacturer of the chair. Knoll is the manufacturer of the genuine Bertoia chair. If the manufacturer is not Knoll, it is not a Bertoia chair.

Step 3

Find out where the chair was made. Bertoia chairs are made in Italy. A fake Bertoia chair may not be manufactured in Italy.

About the Author

Mara Pesacreta has been writing for over seven years. She has been published on various websites and currently attends the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.