Are Hers Real?

Here's how to tell what your host boasts

You just arrived at a party knowing no more than the friends you shared the uber with. You’re really only there as a favour to your one friend who padded the plead with promise of bubbles and bites. Formalities are exchanged and as soon as the host thanks you for whatever $17 bottle of wine you grabbed around the corner, she makes her exist and you make your observation vocal: are they real?!

Socializing isn’t on the menu tonight


so unless you know someone who knows someone who knows firsthand, your suspicions are sitting tight in that corner you’ve committed you and your crudités to for the rest of the evening.
  Instead you scan the room looking for both people and things to judge. It’s when a coat it removed from a chair back and that classic caning is exposed that your attention is caught; “are those real?!”
  Those being those chairs. The metal frame chairs with a caned backrest and most commonly (but not always) a wooden seat. The chairs that are many minimalists dream, just as they are so to any vintage vendor. Classically known as the Cesca Chair, here’s how to tell if your party host has got the real deal:

Those chairs. The metal frame chairs with a caned backrest and most commonly (but not always) a wooden seat. The chairs that are many minimalists dream, just as they are so to any vintage vendor.

Spot 'em

The Metal Frame: An authentic Cesca chair will run a consistent diameter throughout its tube framing. Finding a pinch in the tubing whereby its diameter flattens temporarily is a dead giveaway of a replica.

The Seat: For those eyeing a chair with a wooden seat, pay close attention to its front edge. Does it protrude slightly from the frame? When confronting a wooden seat, be sure that it extends itself slightly beyond the depth of the frame and in a downward motion mimicking the curve of the tube below it.

The Stamp: The Cesca chair is Italian made, and you’ll be damned if they don’t let you know it. Look for a simple Made In Italy stamp in basic typography on the underside of a wood seat. Upholstered seats can be a little more tricky and are often branded with a sticker which unfortunately, can be removed.

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