How to check if it is an authentic Eames Lounge Chair.

17 Apr

Rebecca G. just asked a great question, “How do you know if it is a real Eames lounge vs. a knockoff? Any Pointers?”.

I did a little reseach and found this website The JetSetRnv8r (which is totally awesome, by the way). They provide ways to spot the many subtle differences between authentic Eames lounge chairs and reproductions. Here is part of the list from The JetSetRenv8r:

  • Shell of cherry, walnut, santos palisander or rosewood. Any others are likely fakes.
  • Look for six-inch thick urethane foam cushions with soft leather upholstery.
  • The chair will have a five-legged base (“five-star”) and the ottoman four. Legs rise at a slight angle – they are not flat nor do they rise too steeply creating a “cone” effect.
  • Look for die-cast aluminum back braces – not square tubular aluminum.
  • The bases are also die-cast and painted black with polished aluminum trim.
  • Some copies have a loose cap over the base to hide rough welds or bolts where the legs meet the post.
  • Natural rubber shock mounts and adjustable stainless steel glides.
  • Armrests are curved, not flat.
  • Look at the leather upholstery on the armrest. Fakes often have a single piece of leather wrapped around the edge. Authentic models have a separate piece of leather welting wrapped around the edge.
  • The ottoman is the exact same size as the seat of the chair. In fact, the cushions are interchangeable.
  • Most copies recline, an authentic chair does not.
  • There should be absolutely no visible screws or bolts. None.

Make sure to check out the whole article. They also have articles on how to tell a real from a fake Le Corbusier LC series chair, a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair and a Noguchi coffee table.

Good stuff! Hope that helps, Rebecca.

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