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Eames Lounge Chair copies... worth it?

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

  1. TMMKC

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    Oh, the cushioning is probably fine for what the chair is. It's not as soft as a real Eames lounge chair (if memory serves), but I'm not going to invest any money in getting it re-done. It's not worth it to me. It's in a home office, and I spend most of my time at my desk anyway.

    Probably the one thing I don't like is that it seems short and the upper back rest doesn't come anywhere near my head. The fixed recline angle is fine (I guess…could be a little more), but it's difficult to REALLY relax and rest my head in this chair. May I assume that all of these lounge chairs are made at a fixed angle, and are NOT recliners? Also, I believe real Eames lounge chairs are available in a taller size, so its entirely possible that's been my frame of reference all along. More padding in the lumbar region would be nice too, but that can be remedied easily enough with a small, narrow pillow.

    I read a good amount of reviews several months ago when I was considering buying one for my home office, but came to the conclusion that I didn't want one unless it was an original (where I could get a taller size), or that's it's just not the chair for me. On the upside, it seems to be pretty well made and it's really great to look at...so there's that.

    Oh, well. It was a gift and its the thought that counts…so I'm a gracious recipient. Thank god my wife didn't buy me a real one, or I'd feel REALLY guilty! LOL.
     
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  2. Gibonius

    Gibonius Stylish Dinosaur

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    The real Eames is a short chair. Even the "bigger" version is only two inches taller. They're not really designed to support your head unless you slouch.

    Can't say about that particular knockoff, but even the real ones are a lot more comfortable after they break in for a bit. The foam gets more pliable, the shock mounts give you more flex. It's pretty rigid out of the box, but you get just enough flexion to make a big difference in comfort. Some of the knockoffs have extremely rigid (or not even rubber) shock mounts, so that may be an issue.
     

  3. TMMKC

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    Good to know. Thanks
     

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    Gibonius Stylish Dinosaur

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    HM = Herman Miller?

    Herman Miller sells the authentic Eames lounge, as does Design Within Reach and others. If you want the real deal, that's what it costs.
     

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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Does anyone here have experience starting a State Farm office?
     

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    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    No one in this thread has bought an HM Eames. I think that much is clear.
     

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    Gibonius Stylish Dinosaur

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    I need a good source for knock-off Eames Aluminum office chairs for my insurance office. Hook a brother up.
     

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    Jr Mouse Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Sounds completely legit.
     

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    incredible how this thing just keeps rolling
     
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    Went through this thread, lots of info. I'm wondering if anyone here can give an update on their IFN chair? I'm thinking about getting one, and IFN seems like the best deal. Rove seems great, but its almost $3k with tax and shipping within Canada, which i a lot for a repro chair.

    Lots of great feedback and positive stuff here from people, but most of it is all people who have only posted in this thread and never elsewhere, which is a hint suspicious.
     

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    Jr Mouse Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    A few of these repo companies have reputations for shilling on various forums and blogs. Regardless of the products true qualities or virtues, I would stay suspicious of random glowing reviews you may read online.

    EDIT: Regarding IFN, I appreciate the fact that they are willing to give you close ups of various details like the chrome work and seams. Non of it looks as nice as you would get with the authentic items but at least they are not hiding this. Giving you a better idea of what your money is getting you.

    http://www.ifn-modern.com/seating/lounge-chairs/wing-style-chair-ottoman.html
     
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    I have one from Barcelona Designs (same as MHD, since the box it came in read Manhattan Home Design) - and found it to be disappointing. It's nice to look at as a display piece, but having sat in a Herman Miller Eames before, it's just not as comfortable. The cushions are too stiff, and the angles don't seem right - and you just don't get the feeling of being "enveloped" in. Granted, it's quite a bit cheaper - but it's still pretty expensive for replica that's not comfortable.
     
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    Jr Mouse Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Guy has only two posts and they both shill for the company... Just saying.
     

  14. NonChalant321

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    Are you implying something?
     

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    Thanks for the points here. Exactly what I had in mind. If every post is just praising one company, makes me think its not legit.

    The IFN looks pretty good, in truth. $1500 isn't cheap, but for that chair is seems like a very reasonable price. My main concern is that if the chair ends up sucking upon arrival, i'll have to fight tooth and nail to try and get my money back, according to some reviews from yelp. Also, I spoke with someone there, and they told me that they're getting out of the repro business.

    edit: I think I should add that i'm being fairly reasonable, and just expecting a good looking, comfy chair, that's 85%+ of the way to a real deal, and that will last me 5-10 years, after which i'll likely try and replace with an authentic one.
     
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