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Eames Lounge Chair copies... worth it?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by musicguy, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Brittany Paris

    Brittany Paris Well-Known Member

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    And PS: I'm a she...
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  2. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    Most of us gathered that I assume. Your place looks pretty good, stick with the vintage peices.
     
  3. gomestar

    gomestar Well-Known Member

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    how do we know that's not a replica picture?
     
  4. Brittany Paris

    Brittany Paris Well-Known Member

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    Lol!! You mean, the pic of me?
     
  5. Brittany Paris

    Brittany Paris Well-Known Member

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    Well, thank you. That's the first nice thing you've said to me. ;)
     
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  6. Reevolving

    Reevolving Well-Known Member

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    Don't worry about SkinnyGoomba. He's the last person you need approval from.
     
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  7. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    Idiot.
     
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  8. gomestar

    gomestar Well-Known Member

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    nm
     
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  9. CBrown85

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    Edit: That is one of the douchiest posts this forum has seen for a long time.
     
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  10. MikeDT

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    I love this thread... :lurk:
     
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    Comment edited due to a repentant Reevolving.
     
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  12. Brittany Paris

    Brittany Paris Well-Known Member

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    Ikr! This is better than reading fifty shades of grey. Lol jk
     
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  13. acidboy

    acidboy Well-Known Member

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    man you need to chill the fuck out.
     
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  14. twistoffat

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    Here´s a question that I cannot get a straight answer to. What the hell do women find in this book or is there just millions of unhappy women out there who remain sexually unfilled by their partners that they feel the need to retreat into a fantasy world. I cannot get a straight answer because most female friends I ask are obviously protecting their men´s feelings.
     
  15. Brittany Paris

    Brittany Paris Well-Known Member

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    I was totally joking btw. Honestly, I have never read it and won't. But a few friends have told me the gist of it. I would guess that it's equivalent to porno for women. Guys like their porn and we like things written out I guess? Like I've never heard of a man who reads romance novels. Fifty shades is just a little more twisted and severe.
     
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  16. MikeDT

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    Exactly... people may need to chill the fuck out, because the copyright and patents on these old things, e.g. a chair that was designed in 1955, may well have long since expired, depending on the country they're in. One thing, United States patents and copyrights don't have any meaning where I am.
     
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  17. chronoguy

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    I don't know about other countries but I am making my assumptions for readers in the USA.

    It is not the copyright but rather the trade-dress pollution that goes along.

    The knock-offs dilutes the authentic authorized pieces.
    They dilute by riding on free advertisement. The Eames Estate never authorized Kardiel, RoveConcept, Soma classics to associate themselves with these retailers. Go to any of those websites and you will see Designer Bios and history. Why? Yet, none of those Designers or their heirs agreed to that association. Mickey Mouse and Coca Cola trademarks are over a hundred years old and those companies that own those trademark fight vigorously to protect them.
    The Brand name is very well protected. Design trademarks last much longer than the 76 year patents.
    Some sites have name like the "Charles Lounge" or the "Ray Chair" and derivatives trying to draw some sort of association.

    There is also the issue of quality and workmanship.

    Herman Miller is in the Top 100 companies, rated highly for employment benefits, green manufacturing, etc. The Eames always wanted to make sure the people making their furniture are paid a good wage. The ELO is still mostly hand made in Michigan as it always has. So goes to show you American labour is still strong in some industries.
    A sweat-shop knock-off does disservice to those workers.
     
  18. chronoguy

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    I know it is not a repro Knoll. Pretty much all the button down tuft style midcentury modern sofas are some derivative rip-off design of Florence Knolls original sofa design.
    The "knoll style sofa", the ELO, and the cow-hide rug screams, I am doing MCM (Mid Century Modern).

    I actually prefer your no-name Danish pieces as they are much more genuine. It doesn't have to be brand name. What matter is the quality and if you like the general design.
    For example, the Silberg Executive desk you have. I would pair it with a Knoll Charles Pollock chair. You can find a real one for $250 and it will look 10000x better than if you paired it with a $200 reproduction Eames Aluminun Group (or Softpad) exec task chair. Stay away from apartment therapy, Houzz, and pinterests and you may find some original ideas.
     
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    But who says they're "authentic authorized pieces" Herman Miller itself trying to protect their own products? Even though the patents have long since expired on Eames chairs, and any company can legally make the things now. But they can't call them "Eames", because AFAIK and IANAL that is a registered trademark. Companies will always fight to protect their trademarks, there is thousands of companies making a cola like drink, but they can't call it Coca Cola or Pepsi of course, But they do in China though, because US trademark laws have no meaning here.
     
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  20. twistoffat

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    So basically its another shitty romance novel with a bit of rumpy pumpy thats gone viral not due to it being good but because women spread the word. A bit like the Oprah touch. Say it and they will buy it.
     

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