Where can I find a good reproduction or imitation of Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671)?
April 2, 2009 1:52 PM   Subscribe

Where can I find a good reproduction or imitation of Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671)? Alternatively where can I find historical pricing information for original mid-century moderns?

The originals are all over the place, but good quality ones seem to go for around $3,500 on the eBay market. The DNR models go for $4,600. Surely the chair can be made for less than that. Are there any good imitations out there? Can it be had for $1k-2k? It just seems that there's got to be someone importing these from Eastern Europe.

Also, is there some sort of historical pricing for the original? I'd feel more comfortable buying original if I knew historical eBay or dealer asking prices. I'm under the impression that it is a somewhat liquid market and people sort of treat these as assets that hold some value? At least less depreciation than a television or car?
posted by geoff. to Work & Money (8 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Hell, I have an imitation Eames with footrest sitting literally less than 10 feet away here that I would let go of for $400 plus shipping (craigslistfilter?).
posted by idiopath at 2:06 PM on April 2, 2009

Best answer: ShopSeating.com. The quality is quite reasonable for the price--I bought someone a knockoff Barcelona chair from there a while back, and it was surprisingly solid.
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:18 PM on April 2, 2009 [2 favorites]

I can't speak for the quality but I have been meaning to order the Le Corbusier. I haven't checked for any Eames knock offs on the site lately, but they do pop up...
posted by dearest at 2:37 PM on April 2, 2009

Are there any good imitations out there?

They are good in that they look the part and will certainly last a few years, but they will eventually wear out and break. The real ones have more solid mechanics and much better leather which just seems to improve with age.

I've heard the resale value varies according to the colour you choose.
posted by Lanark at 2:21 AM on April 3, 2009

Response by poster: I took the plunge on ShopSeating.com! I assume an original in rosewood and baseball glove leather would last me longer and look marginally better, but for $4k vs $700, I don't want to have hang a "Don't Sit on Me" sign on the most comfortable looking piece of furniture I have.
posted by geoff. at 6:49 AM on April 3, 2009

Response by poster: "Thanks for your recent purchase of a Eaze Lounge Chair & Ottoman

Due to unusually high demand the item is temporarily out of stock.
We are expecting to have the item in stock within the next 2 weeks, we will ship it to you as soon as we have them back in stock. We will also send you the tracking information as soon as it’s available.

We can assure you that you will be very happy with your purchase and it will be well worth the wait.

Thanks so much for your patience and Thanks again for Shopping at ShopSeating.com"

posted by geoff. at 12:30 PM on April 7, 2009

Response by poster: Still waiting on my order, apparently it is stuck in customs now. They don't seem to have a good idea of when it is coming in (I was told two weeks on April 2). To their credit, they have been very responsive to my email inquiries, which is why I have not canceled the order yet. I'm told it is to be released from customs this week, if it is not I'm going to go ahead and cancel it and find the same thing elsewhere.
posted by geoff. at 12:31 PM on May 3, 2009

Response by poster: It arrived! And it looks great, I'm surprised by how good the quality is. There is no swiveling, which is the biggest difference I could tell. ShopSeating is great, I'll order from them again.
posted by geoff. at 7:07 AM on May 19, 2009

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