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post #601 of 772
Update on Rove Concepts chair:
A button on the seat cushion popped off so I contacted the company and they let me know they would be contacting the supplier to get me a new cushion. Stellar customer service, right? Well, that was like 6 months ago, and I finally got the replacement cushion.
After a month of waiting, I was told the the leather color had changed and they weren't able to provide me with a replacement, but they could pay for someone to fix the broken button on my current cushion. This was a nice gesture, but I had been promised a replacement, and wanted what I had been promised. I guess I'm stubborn that way. I had an inkling that they were feeding me BS, so I went back and forth with them and finally they sent me a replacement about a month ago. Well, they were right about the leather. It was like a dark gray and it definitely wasn't the same quality as my original leather. It wasn't aniline at all. It felt like there was a layer of paint over the leather and there were no pores at all. No bueno. So I went on the site and that is when I noticed that they had two kinds of black leather. The kind they sent me was the Siena black and the other option was Modena black, which looked like a perfect match to my original leather. Why didn't they give me that option in the first place?
Frustrated, I emailed and asked about the Modena black. Their reply was that the Modena black had completely different dimensions and wouldn't fit my chair. Huh? Why are they making this so complicated? So I told them, I don't care about the difference, just send me the replacement! So after a few more emails, they decided they would, and I received it a couple weeks ago. The dimensions are perfect for my chair. The cushion fits like a glove. But, the leather is not up to par in quality. It matches if you're not looking up close, but it is not aniline. It has no pores and if you unzip the cushion, you can see that there is a layer of paint on top of the leather. If you push down on the leather with your finger, the top layer of paint wrinkles.
I am going to try to fix the broken button on the original cushion and then at least I will have an extra in case something unforeseen happens.
I hope this info is helpful to anyone thinking of buying from Rove Concepts. Their customer service is good, but in this instance, it was slow and frustrating. The quality of their leather is not as good as it was last year, so honestly, get the real thing if you have the money.
I just ordered a Herman Miller Sayl office chair and the 12 year warranty makes it worth it for me. Knowing that I am buying something that is made here in the US is also worth the extra money.
post #602 of 772
I have an urge to say, I told you so.
post #603 of 772
You would.
post #604 of 772
The Eames Lounge and Ottoman has a five year warranty through HM, and they will restore older chairs.
post #605 of 772
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

The Eames Lounge and Ottoman has a five year warranty through HM, and they will restore older chairs.

any suggestions for quality counterfeits?
post #606 of 772
I'm curious as to why the Sayl has a much longer warranty period, beings that the Sayl is about a tenth of what the Eames lounge chair is pricewise.
post #607 of 772
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Originally Posted by Brittany Paris View Post

I'm curious as to why the Sayl has a much longer warranty period, beings that the Sayl is about a tenth of what the Eames lounge chair is pricewise.

Cannot say but its nice to hear you say "I just ordered a Herman Miller Sayl office chair and the 12 year warranty makes it worth it for me. Knowing that I am buying something that is made here in the US is also worth the extra money."

I think your experience with Rove has pretty much summed up what we were trying to say all along. Just curios but apart from the quality issue does it ever bug you knowing that the lounge chair you have is a fake......try to be as honest as possible, I´m not trying to say that I told you so but moreso why we said what we did?
post #608 of 772
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Originally Posted by Brittany Paris View Post

I'm curious as to why the Sayl has a much longer warranty period, beings that the Sayl is about a tenth of what the Eames lounge chair is pricewise.

Not such an easy comparison. Rather, compare it to other upholstered lounge chairs and see how it does.
post #609 of 772
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Originally Posted by twistoffat View Post

Cannot say but its nice to hear you say "I just ordered a Herman Miller Sayl office chair and the 12 year warranty makes it worth it for me. Knowing that I am buying something that is made here in the US is also worth the extra money."

I think your experience with Rove has pretty much summed up what we were trying to say all along. Just curios but apart from the quality issue does it ever bug you knowing that the lounge chair you have is a fake......try to be as honest as possible, I´m not trying to say that I told you so but moreso why we said what we did?
No, I don't mind having a fake, honestly. If I had a little more money and financially could justify spending the extra few thousand on a chair, then I would buy the genuine thing. But I'm not rich, and the Rove Concepts chair was closest to real in terms of specs. I mean, it really is a good replica. I'm so glad I got it before they changed the quality of leather and "dimensions". I have slowly been filling my home with danish teak furniture, so I know what quality is.

And I get why you all said what you did, but you did it in such an unhelpful way. It really felt like bullying and you came off as snobs.
There is a kind, tolerant way of approaching the subject that would have maybe opened some eyes to what you were trying to say. We're all grown ups here. Bashing people for what furniture they choose to have in their homes is childish.
post #610 of 772
"The bashing" as you call it had nothing to do with the style you were trying to put in your home but that it was a fake. Everyone would agree that it's a desirable piece albeit overpriced. I've always wanted one myself but bought a grand repos with ottoman instead. I came to the conclusion the eames is simply not worth the price for what it is
post #611 of 772
You know, if I were doing this all over again, I would simply do more research and find another original design that meet your specs. Example:

http://www.bludot.com/modern-living-room-furniture/lounge-chairs/toro-modern-lounge-chairs.html

Sure, it's inspired by the Rodrigues Kilin, Hardoy and other Latin American sling chairs, but it would work in your situation, and costs $1100.
post #612 of 772
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

You know, if I were doing this all over again, I would simply do more research and find another original design that meet your specs. Example:

http://www.bludot.com/modern-living-room-furniture/lounge-chairs/toro-modern-lounge-chairs.html

Sure, it's inspired by the Rodrigues Kilin, Hardoy and other Latin American sling chairs, but it would work in your situation, and costs $1100.
I personally find that chair to be ugly. It reminds me of the Ikea Poang chair.
If there were an original chair that was as sexy and inviting as the Eames lounge chair and had a price tag of $1100, then I would have it in my living room. Anyway, in all honesty, I probably will replace the chair with the real thing. For some reason, I have been getting lucky in my danish furniture searching. If I find a piece that doesn't quite fit anywhere in my place, I sell it and make quite a nice profit. I just bought a P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik teak boomerang coffee table for $250 at this run down antique shop downtown. When I set it up, I realized that it was way too big for my space. It was roughly 3'x5'. So I put it on Craigslist for $600 and sold it in a week for $550. I have this dream of walking into some thrift store or estate sale and finding an original Eames lounger for $50. I'm sure it will never happen, but you just never know. Until then, I really don't mind having this fake. It's just a chair. It doesn't keep me up at night knowing that it's fake. I dunno, it just doesn't bother me. Check out Morgan at thebrickhouse.com. She had a fake eames lounger and no one hates her for it.
post #613 of 772
Most of the major Danish pieces make eames look cheap by comparison, so you'll find a new piece to be up-in-arms about soon enough.
post #614 of 772
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Most of the major Danish pieces make eames look cheap by comparison, so you'll find a new piece to be up-in-arms about soon enough.
I'm not so sure. The only danish chairs I find are the teak arm chairs with hand-woven caning. They are beautiful, but they're not "loungey".
post #615 of 772
Although, this DUX chair is pretty awesome.
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