By John Linden
Interior design, furniture design, lover of all things chic in home decor.
Finding the Perfect Replica Eames Lounge Chair
Out of all of the designers who came out of the midcentury modern period, Charles and Ray Eames are some of the biggest standouts. This couple, famous for their furniture, is responsible for more classic designs than any other team (or individual) in the history of the field.
Their approach blended Eastern and Bauhaus influences, paving the way for generations of designers to come. Their work is distinctly American, as many of their designs were developed specifically for the suburban homes which popped up during the middle of the 20th century.
Some of the Eames’ most iconic pieces are their chairs. Their approach to chair design was unique in it’s attention to detail and its careful consideration of the user’s body.
Today, original Eames chairs are a highly sought-after commodity.
What is a Replica Eames Lounge Chair?
As the midcentury style has resurged over the past two decades, original Eames pieces have become a hot commodity. Collectors and connoisseurs have piled into auction houses, making extravagant bids in hopes of taking home an original Eames chair.
For most of us, however, originals cost way too much. After all, a single chair can run as high as $20,000.
Luckily, there are plenty of replicas out there. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can purchase a one-run knock-off, or even a mass-produced Eames-inspired chair, for only a few hundred dollars.
Of course, a replica isn’t usually identical to the original. The Eameses were detail people, and their work reflects that. Everything from the angle of the legs to the curvature of the chair back was carefully considered. Unfortunately, not all replica makers are tuned in to those precise details.
But, if you can find a replica made by a skilled craftsperson, you won’t even be able to tell the difference. Your furniture-collecting friend might call you out on having a fake, but you’ll still have an amazing chair sitting in your home.
Some words of wisdom about whether a replica piece or original is the right choice from furniture connoisseur Robert Gerrish,”
If you purely want the ‘look’ of a classic piece of furniture and budget is an issue, then a reproduction may suit. In this instance you’re purely following fashion.”
On the other hand, if you’re a serious lover of fine design it’s more likely you’ll want a piece that has a direct connection with its creator. Personally I’d rather sit on a milk crate for a few years and save for the real thing.
He continues…”if you’re a serious lover of fine design it’s more likely you’ll want a piece that has a direct connection with its creator. “
Should I Buy a Replica or Original Eames Chair?
Furniture connoisseur Robert Gerrish gave us some excellent advice,
“If you purely want the ‘look’ of a classic piece of furniture and budget is an issue, then a reproduction may suit. In this instance you’re purely following fashion.”
Robert continues…”On the other hand, if you’re a serious lover of fine design it’s more likely you’ll want a piece that has a direct connection with its creator. Personally I’d rather sit on a milk crate for a few years and save for the real thing.”
👍 Rule of Thumb If you love the look alone, replica is a good choice. If you love the artistry and craft, go for the original.
Manhattan Home Design
One awesome thing about replicas is that they’re often made with updated materials. For example, these replica Eames chairs from Manhattan Home Design are produce with memory foam!
Obviously, the Eameses didn’t have access to memory foam when they were working. But, we can imagine that they’d be fans.
The foam doesn’t appear to alter the look of the design, either. So, it’s a very strong replica that’s twice as comfortable as an original.
And, the seat covering is made from real leather. MHD gives you the option to choose from basic, Italian, or premium Aniline leather depending your taste and budget.
Another great thing about replica Eames chairs is that they come in a number of colors that the originals don’t. The Eameses, after all, adhered to pretty strict Bauhaus rules. Therefore, their work tends to be pretty limited in terms of color.
But, when you’re buying a replica, you can choose from a variety of different colors, so you’re sure to find something that pleases your palette. This replica lounge chair from EMFURN comes in the classic black, white and brown but can also be purchased in red, tan, and a few other colors, as well.
Plus, you have the option to choose from different wood colors. If you’re looking for the classic walnut color, feel free to choose that. However, if you’d prefer black, white, or rosewood, those are also options.
Basically, buying a replica gives you the freedom to customize your Eames chair. You wouldn’t have that option if you were buying your chair straight off the auction block.
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Barcelona Designs Eames Replica
Barcelona Designs makes some nice Italian leather Eames chairs, as well. Their designs are on-point in terms of replicating the original design.
And, their shock mounts are made reinforced with copper. These things are built to last!
However, they do run a tad bit on the pricy side. At $1,300, you could potentially find an original on a site like 1stDibs or Chairish. But, an original at that price might be worn out while Barcelona’s are brand new.
Also, one thing that we love about Barcelona Designs is their two-year warranty. So, if anything breaks or gets damaged, you can always return it.
Check out Barcelona Designs here
Need More Info?
You’ve seen the best selection, now I’m sure some of you want more info.
Below are some links to resources regarding quality, availability, and other info about Eames chair replicas.
A Reddit post all about Eames chair replicas – very interesting.
Amazon link where you can find replica Eames lounge chairs
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