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Where are the Eames Lounge Chairs & Ottomans assembled and where are their parts manufactured? Where does the leather come from?
I am interested to know what the origin of the materials for these iconic chairs are. Thanks in advance! A shopper on Dec 8, 2011 Best Answer: The Eames Lounge & Ottoman is handcrafted in West Michigan. The wood chosen for the veneer shell and inner plies comes from different areas in the US and Canada, depending on which species you select. Once the wood is brought to West Michigan, it is processed and the veneer is evaluated to ensure that it is high quality. All veneer parts for each Eames Lounge & Ottoman are taken from the same tree so you have a consistent wood grain within your chair. The look of the wood grain varies from chair to chair because they are made from different trees, which makes each chair unique.
Leather for the Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman comes from Austria, and is hand selected once it reaches West Michigan to ensure quality. The assembly of the wood shell pieces, hand selected leather and assembly components takes place in West Michigan. Each leather-covered cushion is upholstered individually by hand.
Since first launching the chair in 1956, Herman Miller has been very careful to make sure the chair you order now performs as beautifully as the original. We recently re-launched the hand oiled version of the Eames Lounge & Ottoman in Walnut and Santos Palisander to match the look and feel of the original chair and ottoman. Each veneer piece is hand oiled over a series of a few days before the chair is fully assembled.
Really fast shipping. Across the country (Canada) in lest than two weeks!
I have been looking for a good replica emes chair for quite a while now. I have sat in real ones and I have sat in about 6 other replicas and this one is the closest I have found to the real thing. The leather is genuine and the wood is perfectly crafted. It is very well constructed and I can tell it is going to last a lifetime. I feel like it is going to age like a fine wine because the more I sit in it the more comfortable it gets.
It is a little stiff at first but it is continually getting softer and more supple as every day passes. Another great feature is that it comes fully assembled right out of the box!! I have read a lot about other replicas being very hard to put together but you do not have to worry about that from these guys.
If you want a Herman Miller emes chair but do not have $7000 to get a real one, this is your best alternative.
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Some good points already mentioned. My advice firstly would be to ask, do you want a chair to use daily? or do you want something that looks nicer, a better investment but needs a little more TLC? If yes to the first, go for a used Vitra chair, if yes to second go for a vintage Herman Miller.
The vintage Herman Miller chairs IMO are far nicer. They have more character, the grain of veneer used is nicer, and in terms of desirability it is rather chalk and cheese when compared to Vitra with collectors/resale. However as Menno says, the vintage chairs can have issues with the shock mounts (rubber section that connects the back rest to seat section). Over time this perishes, and with pressure on the back rest can (worst case + relatively uncommon) end in a broken back rest – see the pic below.
The shock mounts can be replaced giving
many years of further use, however to
do it properly (bodging it can cause further problems)
you would be advised to have someone
such as Graham Mancha replace them for you.
People use the wrong type of glue, use inferior
shock mounts, even drill bolts through
the side panels etc as they do not really
understand the process. A GOOD vintage
Herman Miller example is changing
hands for £4k+ now so they are quite
a bit more expensive than a used Vitra. If you wanted a vintage chair I would recommend buying a good example, as fixing up a tired chair is expensive i.e replacement vintage cushions are around £1k, shock mount replacement is not cheap – it all soon adds up.
If you want something you can use daily,
while still having an official chair that is worth
something if you decide to sell it then I would look
at a used Vitra example. Their prices new are
obviously high, but a used chair can be had for
around £2-2.5k, maybe slightly less if you get lucky.
These do seem to be a bit more robust
but obviously needs checking over properly.
I personally do not find the 670 particularly
comfortable though, for me it would be more of an
occasional chair/statement piece.
I would go and try and few first if you have not already.
If you need any further info give me a shout.
What can happen, so it is buyer beware – do your homework.