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You know, Raw is just a bad imitation of Delirious.
post #857 of 933
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RebelScum I have a knock off Rolex for sale you might be interested in. Runs real nice and built WELL. Time will tell exactly HOW well, and while I have no doubt that a true expert could spot the difference, the only one I can see between it and an authentic Rolex is a very expensive sticker. Only asking $10k!

Hit me up over pm and let's make a deal.

Nothing like comparing apples and Rolexes to make a smug point badly.
post #858 of 933
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Canadian prices. The entry level version at DWR starts at $4800; upgraded to similar leather as mine is pushing $8k. Used, I haven't found anything that after conversion and shipping would be less than $4500, and that's AGGRESSIVELY used.

That clip is actually just the Rove manufacturer fabric tag. If I really wanted to I could tuck it up under the metal plate, but, meh.

I'd never buy at retail price either. I think it's true that folks outside the US have much less access to quality vintage pieces in the used market.
No one can say about the longevity of the Rove chairs. And it's not to say that the Herman Miller ones are bullet proofed either especially because the manufacturing process by HM has changed quite bit over the years.

One other idea for folks in Canada maybe to look at the used ones in the US and then make the drive across the border? I personally found my first Eames Lounge Chair by driving 1000 miles within 24 hours. It made it an even more interesting and meaningful story to talk about.
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I have the same dilemma as some of you.  I'm looking at IFN Modern as well as Rove for an Eames Lounge and a few LCW's.  I've tried to talk myself into the Herman Miller version, but just can't see $3500+ worth of value for it.  I've seen many pics of authentic HM's broken, so how pissed would I be if a $1600 clone/copy breaks, as opposed to $3500 chair breaks?  I realize in a lot of areas you get what you pay for, and I'm one that likes to pay once and enjoy for life, but some products don't make sense. 

 

To me most copies of these designs are shit and you can spot them from across the room, but just like with some high end watches, there are copies out there that are so well made most collectors can't tell the difference (until they take the movement apart).  Those replica/fake/copy watches aren't cheap (some go for $2000+), but if you want the look/quality and can't afford $8k+, they're the people to see.  I see these chair models the same way.  These are not complex or difficult designs to make https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFaLpbmP0Yw , and the materials are not extremely expensive (plywood with veneer).  If these were made from solid Palisander or another hard wood, I wouldn't balk at the price. 

 

I read a couple Eames LC design patent articles that said that the design patent ended in 1963, but that the "dress" protection (http://www.bairdholm.com/publications-feed/entry/eames-and-a-primer-on-design-patents.html) may still be in place.  There have been dress lawsuits from HM stating that they are concerned that the replicas are so accurate that there may be an issue of identity, and therefore copies may be sold as authentic HM.

 

I don't feel bad about purchasing a non-HM copy, as long as it's represented as such and they don't use the Eames name or images.  For the HM you're paying for the Eames/HM names.

I welcome anyone's first hand knowledge of either of these clones.

post #860 of 933
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@bobsmith45 We just ordered our chair (Walnut with black Modena leather) in mid-april. I was eagerly anticipating it, but then I read your note about discontinuing the chair. I immediately got in touch with Rove to ask about it. I have to say, their customer service has been beyond outstanding; they got back to us immediately, like within 20 minutes.

I asked if I should worry that the chair I ordered was not up to quality. This was her response:
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So I felt better about that immediately, but still not 100% comfortable after seeing some people on this thread sharing swatches showing cheap and only part-aniline leathers. Fortunately, Rove had an upgraded chair in Walnut and Palermo waxy-aniline in stock in the warehouse, and they were happy to upgrade us (around $300 extra.)
 

 

@RebelScum thanks for posting your pics and comments. I was hoping to get the Rove in "Modena" Analine leather but as you found out, they are sold out and only have the "Waxy" Analine in stock (aka "Palermo" black). I'm trying to get over the shiny patent leather look of it. Much prefer the muted satin sheen of the Modena Analine leather. Curious how you feel about the level of shine on the leather now that you have the chair in house.

 

Also, more importantly, how do you find the cushioning, flex and overall comfort of the chair? Can you compare the feel to that of a Herman Miller if you've had an opportunity to sit in one?

 

Thanks in advance. Any additional pics you can post are definitely welcome. Especially if you have opportunity to remove the cushions or get a close up of the rubber shock mounts on the Rove.


Edited by vestaviascott - 5/22/16 at 9:08pm
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I was reading through the posts since my last one and noticed that someone mentioned IFN Modern no longer sold their chair in the United States. I checked their webpage and that is indeed true - "Ships only within Canada". Bummer - I love mine and I honestly think it's the best reproduction I've ever seen - can't imagine one better. 

 

But on to the topic at hand - originally I'd also considered Manhattan Home Design and boy am I glad I didn't choose them. I visited their showroom on Monday while in NYC. It's a tiny little office on the 15th floor with 4 chairs in it and a messy office space. Much smaller "showroom" than I expected. As for the Lounge Chair? It looked cheap: the leather on the floor model was the standard leather and felt and looked rough. No tilt. The chair itself wasn't comfortable like the IFN, actually rather hard. The wood on the inside wasn't veneered, just rough and unfinished. Also, deep tufting was almost non-existent. Not worth the $1000+ they're charging, not at all.

 

Here's my IFN chair in my new place - LOVE IT:

 

post #862 of 933
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I read a couple Eames LC design patent articles that said that the design patent ended in 1963, but that the "dress" protection (http://www.bairdholm.com/publications-feed/entry/eames-and-a-primer-on-design-patents.html) may still be in place.  There have been dress lawsuits from HM stating that they are concerned that the replicas are so accurate that there may be an issue of identity, and therefore copies may be sold as authentic HM.

 

 

It appears that ever since HM won suit way back in 2001 against Palazzetti Imports and Exports, Inc (an Italian furniture maker selling knockoff Eames chairs) their legal team has successfully pursued and stopped anyone gaining traction selling reproductions of their licensed chair design:

 

Herman Miller vs Palazzetti Imports and Exports, Inc:

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-6th-circuit/1404450.html

 

"The Real Deal" - The Eames design is the only chair protected by law:

http://articles.latimes.com/2006/dec/24/magazine/tm-eameschair52

 

Herman Miller Sues Canadian Company for selling iconic Eames knock off:

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2012/11/herman_miller_sues_canadian_co.html

 

It's been confirmed to me by email as well as on the sales pages for Rove and IFN that they have both discontinued the chairs (not coincidentally at the exact same time and for nearly identical reasons). They are only selling current stock and then no more.


Edited by vestaviascott - 5/23/16 at 7:17pm
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Here's my IFN chair in my new place - LOVE IT:

 

 

Great looking chair! You got one of the last ones! Atleast from IFN Modern.

 

Please post a few more pics if you have time. Would like to see behind a cushion(s) and closeup of the veneer.

 

With the North American reproduction shops all out of stock and out of time (or going out soon when HM legal catches up with them), the mainland China vendors will no doubt fill in the gaps via their Alibaba sites. I did a bit more research and found out that the IFN chair is sourced here (confirmed from their sales rep): 

 

Shenzhen Yadea Furniture Co., Ltd > http://www.chinayadea.com/Products/EamesLoungeChair.html

 

 

Alibaba Sales Page > https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Modern-replica-designer-chairs-black-aniline_60426592745.html?spm=a2700.7724838.0.0.rj7vQC

 

 

Shock Mount

 

 

PU injected foam cushions

 

 

Under cushion veneer & cushion fasteners

 

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Leather and Fabric

 


Edited by vestaviascott - 5/24/16 at 4:48pm
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@RebelScum
 thanks for posting your pics and comments. I was hoping to get the Rove in "Modena" Analine leather but as you found out, they are sold out and only have the "Waxy" Analine in stock (aka "Palermo" black). I'm trying to get over the shiny patent leather look of it. Much prefer the muted satin sheen of the Modena Analine leather. Curious how you feel about the level of shine on the leather now that you have the chair in house.

Also, more importantly, how do you find the cushioning, flex and overall comfort of the chair? Can you compare the feel to that of a Herman Miller if you've had an opportunity to sit in one?

Thanks in advance. Any additional pics you can post are definitely welcome. Especially if you have opportunity to remove the cushions or get a close up of the rubber shock mounts on the Rove.

I am extremely happy with this chair. I had the same concern with the Palermo but in person it's more of a matte sheen effect than the photos on their site portray.

As for comfort...I'm sure to eat shit for this but since I got it, I've gone to EQ3 and DWR and I don't notice a difference. The cushions are extremely comfortable and firm and the leather is just crazy buttery. My only gripe is, I wish it came in the tall version.

I'll take a better photo tomorrow.

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Yep even their promotional video has quality written all over it. Poor girl, if only the guy holding the Cue cards would stand still.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH_Mi7r5_2o


One thing I will say about the original Eames Chair and the reason why I decided against it for a Vitra "Grand Repos" is, for what it is, its extremely overpriced.
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Yep even their promotional video has quality written all over it. Poor girl, if only the guy holding the Cue cards would stand still.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH_Mi7r5_2o


One thing I will say about the original Eames Chair and the reason why I decided against it for a Vitra "Grand Repos" is, for what it is, its extremely overpriced.

 

I actually thought that video was really unprofessional - the echo, people clanking around in the background. I remember watching it and the one by IFN before I made my purchase and it was the tipping point for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c18SesPmh_0

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Originally Posted by vestaviascott View Post
 

 

Great looking chair! You got one of the last ones! Atleast from IFN Modern.

 

Please post a few more pics if you have time. Would like to see behind a cushion(s) and closeup of the veneer.

 

With the North American reproduction shops all out of stock and out of time (or going out soon when HM legal catches up with them), the mainland China vendors will no doubt fill in the gaps via their Alibaba sites. I did a bit more research and found out that the IFN chair is sourced here (confirmed from their sales rep): 

 

Shenzhen Yadea Furniture Co., Ltd > http://www.chinayadea.com/Products/EamesLoungeChair.html

 

 

Alibaba Sales Page > https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Modern-replica-designer-chairs-black-aniline_60426592745.html?spm=a2700.7724838.0.0.rj7vQC

 

 

Shock Mount

 

 

PU injected foam cushions

 

 

Under cushion veneer & cushion fasteners

 

'

 

 

 

Leather and Fabric

 

 

 

I'd be happy to take some photos for you. In the meantime, I'll share some photos that IFN sent me before I made my purchase - I asked specifically about the cushions, how they attached and the quality of the tufting. The guy went to his showroom and took photos for me with his phone. I'll upload some of MY photos later, but in the meantime I'll share those as well. One thing I WILL say - I took a cushion off of mine when I got the chair and unzipped it just out of curiosity - the foam didn't seem to be wrapped in decron silk as advertised. I was unsure if that was something I should have called them about, but I never did. Don't think that will hurt the longevity of the piece.  Also, I don't think I mentioned it before, but I want to point out how SOLID this chair is. It oozes quality when you sit in it, from the comfort of the cushions to no weird creaks or wobbles. 

 

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@sbrentn - Thanks for the pics. Very impressive. Do the seat and ottoman cushions come off as well? On the HM version, they are supposed to be interchangeable with one another.

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@sbrentn - Thanks for the pics. Very impressive. Do the seat and ottoman cushions come off as well? On the HM version, they are supposed to be interchangeable with one another.

 

As far as I know, they do. I haven't tried it, but I was told that they were (and they look exactly the same).

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Originally Posted by twistoffat View Post

Yep even their promotional video has quality written all over it. Poor girl, if only the guy holding the Cue cards would stand still.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH_Mi7r5_2o


One thing I will say about the original Eames Chair and the reason why I decided against it for a Vitra "Grand Repos" is, for what it is, its extremely overpriced.

I love the Grand Repo, but honestly isn't it over priced too? The leather version starts at around $6.5K and the premium full aniline dyed nappa leather takes it up to $11K. These are all design objects and you end up paying a lot for that.
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