Beware of fake Daphne chairs

 

 

 

It has been brought to my attention that there is a furniture maker and retailer that claims to be an authorized seller and maker of my Daphne chairs (particularly the ones in the photo).

 

1. Daphne Furniture® is sold at Rustan’s Makati. This particular design retails for P15,000.

2. All Daphne Furniture® bears a brass plate with my brand’s name on it. Those without the brass plates are fakes.

3. Another outlet that carries Daphne Furniture® is La Brea in LRI Design Centre, Reposo Street. Heima in LRI also has a few Daphne® chairs (same as above) though I’m not sure they still have any in stock.

4. Daphne Furniture® is not sold online. Should you be interested in purchasing from overseas, my partners can make arrangements. You can email furniture@daphne.ph

5. Daphne Furniture® is made by a top Filipino furniture manufacturer with decades of experience in manufacturing and export. My partners are well-respected in the furniture industry with all the necessary certification and accreditation. They are alarmed by this development and have reported it to proper authorities.

6. The “®” in my brand means that it is a licensed trademark. Anyone who uses it without my authorization (or misuses it) can and will be sued.

7. Liars will go to hell.

 

 

Daphne® chairs at a doctor’s office

 

 

I got an email from one of my readers, Dr Jocelyn Bondoc. She practices Pediatrics and Breastfeeding Medicine at St Lukes Global City and Medical City Ortigas. She sent me photos of her clinic at St Lukes Global MAB 1121.

 

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She’s using Daphne® chairs in her clinic! How cute is that?

 

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Before buying my chair, she had a Mademoiselle by Kartell.

 

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Dr Bondoc wrote, “I might add that whenever a patient realizes its a Daphne chair, they will try to check pa the back if it has your logo!” Awww. Thank you! And yes, please check the back to see the brand’s logo. There’s a mean faker out there.

 

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And she evennused an Olympus OMD EM-5 with Lumix 7-14mm F4.0 lens to take the pictures. Olympus is love.

 

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There will be more Daphne® chairs and colours coming to Dimensione soon. Almost about to deliver new stock. All Daphne Furniture® available exclusively at Dimensione High Street, Eastwood, Rockwell and Greenbelt. Photo from my press kit by Everywhere We Shoot.

 

Thanks for sharing photos of your clinic Dr Jocelyn Bondoc. I love them! And thanks for liking my products. If anyone would like to share photos of their Daphne pieces, feel free to send them to me and share with the readers.

 

 

Chairs update

 

 

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Me and the DAPHNE® chair, by my front door.

 

I’ve been meaning to write an update about the “Iloilo-APEC-chairs” issue last Thursday. But I’m never good with immediate reactions. So I slept on it and let a few days pass. Now there are no more emotions.

Last Thursday morning I posted this blog on “familiar-looking chairs” being displayed and sold at the Yusay Consing Mansion in Iloilo City. The story was carried by Coconuts Manila as well.

A quick recap –

 

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A reader sent me photos of the Yusay Consing Mansion (Molo Mansion), where these “familiar looking chairs” were on display.

 

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The Yusay Consing Mansion was set up with Ilonggo-made products on display and for sale. The logo of APEC appears prominently in the front lawn. Photo by John Rou, as it appears in Iloilo City Government Facebook.

 

On Iloilo City’s preparations for APEC —

Lawyer Helen Catalbas, director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) office in Western Visayas, said the tours would highlight century-old mansions and restored buildings, Iloilo churches, and local delicacies.

Another popular attraction of the tour is Casa Grande, a mansion built in the 1920s at Molo District that once was owned by the Yusay-Consing family. The house is right across Molo Church, also a popular sight for its Gothic-Renaissance architecture.

Casa Grande had been acquired and renovated by the SM Group, and was opened to the public on Sept. 17 in time for the Apec meetings. The mansion, which showcases Ilonggo products and other native wares, has since drawn hundreds of visitors daily.

Source Inquirer September 25, 2015

 

Two hours after I posted the story, I got a text from Stevan Tan, SVP of SM Supermalls. “It has reached my office – about the issue of an Iloilo furniture maker who copied your chair and showcased it in our Molo Mansion in Iloilo. We immediately called the attention of the exhibitor and had it pulled out already.”

 

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This is what the Molo Mansion looked like after the chairs were pulled off from the selling floor.

 

For sale....

This is the Iloilo-based furniture maker involved in this story. This photo was taken just last week at the Molo Mansion.

 

Beware of FAKE Daphne Chairs. My authentic chairs have a brass plate with my registered trademark. And the back doesnt look like that. Also that carving & paint finish are not at par with our standards. #DaphneFurniture is sold only in Dimensione shops.
In January 2014 I posted this on my Instagram. A friend of mine found these chairs in Iloilo City. Back then I was still actively selling DAPHNE® chairs in Dimensione. I had warned readers about these alleged poor imitations.

 

Since this story came out, I heard from lawyers, students, readers, and Ilonggo people who were disturbed by what had been done. One of them told me that those chairs were actually on display in the University of San Agustin. The owner of the furniture factory’s daughter had recently graduated from interior design class. And their son just got his architecture license.

I am touched by the expression of support from many readers and viewers, especially from my fellow Ilonggos. The silver lining is that I actually heard from people who were able to trace our common roots. Not only am I half-Ilonggo, I also gave one year of my adult life to help Iloilo and Guimaras in nation-building after I graduated from university in Canada. I was sent to the Philippines by Canada, specifically to that region, to manage an urban planning program funded by my Canadian government. (My first return to the Philippines was via Iloilo).

I was moved by this photo from a long-time reader. She is a Filipino working abroad. I remember she emailed us about purchasing this DAPHNE chair for her daughter. She wanted to give it to her daughter as a surprise. She couldn’t come home that Christmas. And if I recall, we had arranged the delivery of the chair to her home.

 

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My reader, a Filipino working abroad, reminded me that no kind of imitation can replace the value of something that is truly from the heart.

 

 

Those chairs look familiar

 

 

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Last November 2014, I had the great honour of hosting the official launch of APEC 2015 in the Philippines. It was attended by the country’s top business, economic and government leaders. No less than the President of the Philippines himself, President Benigno Aquino III was there to speak. It promised to be an exciting year with high-profile activities across the country. We are even getting a long vacation because of it next month.

This blog post isn’t really about APEC. It’s about chairs and integrity.

A reader of mine sent me these photos taken at the Yusay Consing Mansion in Iloilo City. It is a “heritage home” built in the 1920s and is currently being used as the site of three high-profile events for APEC dignitaries.

 

The Yusay Consing Mansion in Iloilo City is the site of the "one-stop shop" for APEC 2015. This is where the DAPHNE-inspired chairs are being displayed and sold.

The Yusay Consing Mansion in Iloilo City is the site of the “one-stop shop” for APEC 2015.

 

According to Iloilo City’s Facebook account, The Yusay-Consing mansion has been transformed into a heritage museum, where Ilonggo products are “proudly” displayed and sold. It is also now known as Molo Mansion. Here are the reader’s photos of the Yusay Consing Mansion displays and museum shop.

Please tell me what you see in these next three photos.

Inside the Yusay Consing Mansion, chairs that bear an almost exact resemblance to my chairs are being displayed.

Inside the Yusay Consing Mansion… those chairs look familiar.

 

The copies.

Those chairs look familiar.

 

For sale....

The price of one “accent chair”

 

Let me re-introduce the chairs from my own brand.

The DAPHNE® chairs were conceived in 2009. It was part of an overall wish, that one day there would be high-quality products sold under my brand. I set up DAPHNE as a registered trademark years before, upon the advise of my lawyer friend. Once we were set up, things worked out well and fast. I had products developed in partnership with top retailers and manufacturers. Our luxury linen was sold in SM and Our Home. Then came DAPHNE Furniture® which debuted in Rustan’s Makati and was later moved to all the big branches of Dimensione. Then DAPHNE® Home Scents for BENCH. And Currently, I have DAPHNE and National Book Store stationery. For all these products, there was a supporting team of designers, technical specialists and business partners who helped me design, set up, source, manufacture, market, and retail them. It wasn’t easy. It took time, money and talent.

The DAPHNE chairs were received well by the media and the public. They were cute. But more importantly, they were very well-made. Our partner manufacturer is one of the country’s top furniture makers, licensed for export and all that. The paint, distressing process, type of wood, hand carving process were all top-quality.

When my brand and blog were featured in Vogue Italia, the author asked me about the chairs. You may read about it here. You may also view the many times I’ve written about my chair in my blog.

Last year, my partners and I decided to put the furniture line to rest. We stopped making the DAPHNE chairs. I felt that the chairs had a good enough run. And it was time to move on. I had planned on developing new products.

So for now, there are no longer any real/original DAPHNE chairs being sold. I may bring it back one day… after all, it is very special to me and my brand.

 

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In 2010, in my own home. One of the prototypes of DAPHNE chairs and my youngest daughter.

 

"How did you do that Mom?" -Lily,5 upon seeing the Daphne Chairs at Dimensione
In 2012, I moved the DAPHNE chairs from Rustan’s to Dimensione. This coincided with the launch of my DAPHNE® homescents for Bench. Here is little Lily in the shop’s window.

 

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With the move to Dimensione, we came out with bolder colours. Still the same form.

 

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I use the image of the chair on my website’s dashboard. It has become this iconic thing. This particular image was drawn by Isabel Gatuslao, who designed this website.

 

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At UNICEF’s Auction for Action, which I founded and hosted for three years, I donated two DAPHNE® chairs. Here it is, displayed at the Yuchengco Museum.

 

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Early on, one of my readers, a baker, got inspired by the chairs. She used them as cupcake toppers and sent me this photo.

 

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Another baker in Ilocos Norte gave me this cupcake with an intricately handcrafted fondant replica of my chair. It was done to scale. I kept this, as is. Though my friend, Eliza, accidentally sat on it. haha. So the leg is broken.

 

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Original DAPHNE® chairs started to be used at Vanilla Cupcake bakery a few years ago. .

 

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The DAPHNE chairs were also sold in HEIMA for a limited time.

 

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At a trade show in 2012 where I was able to put all my products together in one setting. Months later, I launched DAPHNE Home Scents by Bench. And early this year I launched DAPHNE & National Book Store stationery.

 

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Featured in Lucy Torres-Gomez’s old TV show, Leading Ladies, in Lifestyle Network.

 

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The chairs are so special to me, I use it as my Twitter profile pic.

 

The APEC ministerial meetings have been ongoing in Iloilo City since September 22nd. The are “familiar-looking chairs” are being shown and sold as we speak. I don’t know what can be done now.

I’m just sad that there is no respect for intellectual property!

My heart is broken.

 

 

DAPHNE Furniture® at Boy Abunda’s house

 

 

This is certainly a career highlight — seeing all these pieces from DAPHNE Furniture® at Boy Abunda’s Tagaytay home in no less than Kris Aquino’s tv show.

This time last year Boy consulted me. He said Kris wanted to give him a gift – either a living room set or dining set from my furniture line. An entire room! Then he left it all up to me. I blindly came up with a few suggestions from my team’s prototypes. Note that I had not seen his house.

Boy wanted the “famous” DAPHNE chairs in different colours. He wanted them as dining chairs, though they were meant as hall chairs (or accent pieces). I must say, they look adorable together the way he had them. The round dining table and colourful chairs are gifts from Kris. The other pieces were Boy’s gifts to himself.

Here are a few screen grabs from KrisTV via iWantv.

 

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Everything in this room is from my line, it seems. Except for the banig, from Samar. I love Tito Boy’s banig rugs.

 

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The green console table and Chippendale chair where Kris is seated are also from my line.

 

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KC Conception joined the tour. That horse sculpture was a gift of Vice Ganda for Tito Boy.

 

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From another angle. This isn’t his main dining room. This is in a smaller eating area upstairs.

 

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That mirror is enormous and heavy. All hand carved wood with silverleaf. It was incredible seeing the mirror adjacent to Elmer Borlongan’s Hari Sonic.

 

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The daybed from our first season.

 

Big thanks to Kris and Boy. You can watch the full episode of Kris TV July 26, 2013 via iwantv.com.ph.