A Guide for Buying your Eames Lounge Chair Part I

A Guide for Buying your Eames Lounge Chair Part I

Eames Lounge Chairs are one of the most easily recognizable mid-century modern design movement furniture pieces. For more than 63 years, Charles and Ray Eames’ original design has enjoyed never ending popularity with only small details of its manufacturing process have changed in this time.

With such a wide choice collection of colors, plywoods, upholstery materials and modifications available in the market, finding the best Eames Lounge Chair for you can be a daunting task. If you’re on a budget and can’t afford an original, try a high-quality Eames Lounge Chair replica, that’s faithful to the original design.

With many possibilities in colors, plywood alternatives, upholstery materials and variations available in the market, finding the best Eames Lounge Chair can be a daunting task. 

That’s why Manhattan Home Design created a buyer guide on how to make an informed decision when buying an Eames Lounge Chair replica. What to look for, the different models, and choices available.

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What’s the difference between aniline Leather, full-grain, and leatherette?

One of the most notable features of the Eames Lounge Chair is its leather upholstery. The original Eames lounge chair is a leather object, though you can find other versions with upholstery made from wool or mohair.

That being said, anyone can find themselves overwhelmed by features like leatherette or aniline leather. What kind of leather should you get for your Eames Lounge Chair?

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One of the most important advantages of leatherette is that it’s eco-friendly. Leatherette is a synthetic material made from vinyl, meaning no animal by-products. That means no animals were hurt during the manufacturing of your Eames Lounge Chair replica.

Leatherette is also referred to as faux leather, fake leather, synthetic leather or pleather.

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Italian Leather

Italian leather is well known as the best in the furniture design industry but in the fashion industry as well. The very best craftsmanship and care go into manufacturing Italian leather and that means only the best quality.

Given that Italian Leather isn’t mass-produced, it takes much longer to make than cheaper alternatives. If you are interested in buying an Eames Lounge Chair with Italian leather upholstery but you’re not sure if you should, here are some important facts that show why Italian leather is the best around and why you should choose to purchase it:

  1. It’s easy to maintain: Italian leather can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth form from time to time but isn’t always necessary.
  2. It’s unique: Vegetable tanned Italian leather has a truly one of a kind appearance. No two naturally tanned items ever look alike!
  3. It’s a high-quality material: A great deal of craftsmanship is put into making Italian leather.
  4. It’s exclusive: You’ll see Italian leather on the most exclusive fashion runways as one of the most well-loved materials in fashion design.
  5. It’s made to last: Italian leather can withstand everyday wear and tear, with most nicks and scratches being easily wiped away.
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Aniline Leather

Aniline leather is real leather treated with special dyes. Aniline leather maintains the leather hide’s original marks, shapes, and imperfections, in most cases. Manhattan Home Design carefully inspects each hide piece for imperfections before they start the manufacturing process. 

Eames Lounge Chairs replicas in high-quality aniline leather can feel exquisite and look stylish, and since it’s real leather it will develop a certain patina with time. People who know about home design usually prefer this fading as an indicator of good taste and authenticity. 

If you’re still not sure Aniline Leather is for you, you can try several semi-aniline types of leather that still feel natural to the touch but are flatter and more scratch-resistant.

The most popular leather upholstery choices are available for the Eames Lounge Chairs and their replicas available in the market. There are other less popular upholstery choices like wool that we’ll discuss on another occasion.

Is there any other advantage of the materials that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below and, as always, stay tuned for another article on the best Eames Lounge Chairs out there!

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