Charles Eames chair are perhaps the most iconic furniture from the 20’s. Known for its seamless blend of style and comfort, Eames chairs have become Collectibles and are often copied by modern manufacturers. It has become important for consumers to know how to tell the real product from a modern reproduction, and with some important tips, it’s easy to avoid falling for a knock-off
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Charles Eames chair were built on an overall smaller scale than modern reproductions. Measure your chair; if the top of the headrest is higher than 33 inches, it’s likely not to be a genuine Eames chair. Modern reproductions are generally 42 to 45 inches high on the head restraint. Look at the base of your chair. If the base of the chair is made of chrome and is very shiny, it is probably a reproduction. Original Eames Lounge chairs were built with a five-foot aluminum base. In addition, Eames chairs were not built with a sloping function, unlike modern reproductions.
Examine your chair for screws. Original Charles Eames chair did not use screws in their assembly, but utilize metal clamps to hold cushions in place and heavy rubber brackets to attach the backrest to the seat. If you see screws in the chair body, it is not valid. Armrests on all Eames chairs were clad with double seams, or piping. Modern reproductions tend to use artificial leather or vinyl upholstery that has been affixed to the underside. Look for a Makers Mark. Most Eames chairs have decision maker’s mark on the underside of the seat that will give the company’s name and city. It’s tricky, but because sometimes valid chairs will miss the Makers Mark due to renovation.