I ordered my chair today and decided to go with UrbanFurnishing.com's "Ultra Premium Version" of the ELC reproduction. The folks I spoke to over the phone today were helpful and patient to answer all of my questions. At my request, they sent custom photos from their offices and warehouse based on my specific areas of concern.
My search was down to Rove Concepts and Urban Furnishing. The best information I can gather indicates that Urban Furnishing and IFN Modern sell the same chair, Model PV021-1, sourced from Yadea Furniture in Shenzhen China ). Rove, Urban Furnishing and IFN Modern are the only companies I could verify that are selling the most realistic reproductions of the original chair south of $2k. They all share the same feature for feature components as the original - rubberized shock mounts, full PU injected foam cushions with deeply flowered buttons, double sided veneer with authentic fastening system, and built to the near exact molds as the original chair.
Had I gone with the Rove model, and I was definitely on the fence until the last minute, I would have had to pay a pretty steep shipping charge on top of the already higher price sticker. Otherwise, I could take a day off and make the 6 hour round trip drive up the road to their warehouse just north of Nashville and pick up the chair myself. Ultimately, I decided to have the UF model shipped to me (free shipping) and the price was right at $1099.00 all in. The Rove would have been around $1500.00 shipped or $1200 picked up at the warehouse (they are running a 35% discount to clear remaining inventory out).
Interestingly, the folks at Urban Furnishing had a Rove Concept's chair in the office for comparison. They sent me a few pics of the chairs side by side.
In the pics below the Rove is on the right and the UrbanFurnishing model is on the left. I wanted to compare the recline angle of the chairs, so I had the salesperson send me a pic to show the angle of both chairs profiles. As best I can tell, the two chairs are near identical except for the arm angles. I'm not sure which is truer to the original. I think both of these chairs are pretty phenomenal efforts by appearances.
Its interesting that the Rove model appears to have a bit less incline. It could be due to the camera angles involved (i had to cut and paste from 2 photos in order to get a composite where each chair was in the same profile view)
Hope this helps further the discussion. I've got several more pics if anyone is interested in specifics, let me know and I'll try to get them up.
Combined image showing the comparative apparent incline angle between the two chairs. The green bar lines on the left were simply duplicated and moved over to the other chair to compare the angular difference.
Edited by vestaviascott - 5/25/16 at 10:02pm