Buying a licensed Eames office chair reproduction carries a hefty price tag unless you are lucky enough to find a vintage Eames chair at a garage sale. Eames's philosophy is to create affordable furniture for the masses, with the exception of their chair that has always commanded a premium price from its launch in 1956.
Driven by the demand and the hefty price of the licensed version, the market for Eames office chair imitation has evolved over several decades.
Design perfectionists have accepted some fairly precise reproduction of the original design specifications and quality, however, how does one choose a good quality reproduction of Eames office chairs with so many poor and cheaper copies are often flooded in the market?
First and foremost, it would be wise to ignore anything under about £ 600. Ask yourself, do you really get a full leather chair and ottoman good quality matching, properly engineered, and finished in high-quality leather and genuine wood veneer, at that price level?
You will most likely be faced with cheap plywood veneers, the wrong angle, plastic parts, and PU leather. The old adage "if it's too good to be true, then it probably is not" remnants.
There is a mid-range price, that all may vary in finish and quality. Normally this would arrive semi-assembled. Bases may need to be attached and sometimes even back parts to the base or chair arm to the frame, depending on the supplier.