Eames Lounge Chair copies... worth it? - Page 35
Not to piss on anyone's parade, but Herman Miller has something called "Trade Dress" protection. This means that any replicas are illegal. Check out this link. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/11/AR2008011101696.html I don't have a dog in this fight. I'm just researching these chairs and came across this forum.
I bought the Eames knockoff from Barcelona Designs (same company as Manhattan Home Design). I regret getting it. It's not nearly as comfortable as the Herman Miller one (my friend has one so I compared). It looks close enough, and sure you might as well keep the ottoman, but it doesn't envelope you in like the real thing. How can I put it - it's not as cushy. Worse yet, the top part of the back rest feels like it's jutting out just a little too much so that your shoulders are pushed forward in an unnatural position. Unfortunately, their return policy makes it quite difficult to return. It ends up costing you so much that you figure you might as well keep the chair and get used to it. It has become more the guest chair now. If you're going to go with a comfortable knockoff lounge chair, I say get the Stressless for now. It's much more comfortable and way more affordable. Put the amount you'll save towards eventually getting the real Eames.