A Guide for Buying your Eames Lounge Chair Part II

A Guide for Buying your Eames Lounge Chair Part II

Previously, we talked all about the broad choice collection of colors, plywoods, upholstery materials, and alterations available in the market for an Eames Lounge Chair. 

We went into detail about the top leathers to choose from, Leatherette, Italian leather, and aniline leather. 

We understand it can be a daunting task to find the best Eames Lounge Chair for your home, especially if you’re on a budget and want to find a reliable Eames Lounge Chair replica that’s faithful to the original design, and won’t destroy your savings.

Today Manhattan Home Design is here to provide a broader insight into the plywoods available for an Eames Lounge Chair.

Eames Lounge Chair

A -very- brief history lesson 

When buying an Eames Lounge Chair replica, an important point to consider is the plywood. You’ll find choices like walnut, palisander, Santos palisander, and veneer. But what do those terms even mean?

By the time Charles and Ray Eames started working on the design of the Eames Lounge Chair, they already had plenty of experience working with molded plywood. Their famous Molded Plywood Lounge Chair gave them the knowledge they needed to reinvent the lounge chair, resulting in the Eames Lounge Chair.

Only select wood choices were used in the original design of the Eames Lounge Chair. The wood needed to be beautiful, sturdy, flexible, and thick without being too rough.

Originally the Eames Lounge Chair featured Brazilian Rosewood, but since the 1990s, the use of Brazilian rosewood was discontinued. The rosewood was replaced by seven layers of plywood covered by walnut, palisander rosewood, cherry, white oak, and ebony ash veneers. Today we’ll analyze the two most popular, walnut and palisander rosewood.

Eames Lounge Chair

Walnut Veneer

Walnut wood has played an important role in furniture manufacturing for centuries. Ancient beliefs associate this wood with wisdom and knowledge, and the plywood that ultimately ends up on the Eames lounge chair replica.

The Walnut Veneer’s pattern in the Eames Lounge Chair is deeply complex and rich, creating a very light-colored finish that does well in any room or space.

The walnut veneer used in Manhattan Home Desing’s Eames Lounge Chair replica is an excellent example of this.

Eames Lounge Chair

Palisander Veneer

Palisander has a more varied tone and can be obtained from two main sources: Brazilian rosewood and East Indian rosewood. Both are rich in smell and texture and can be more dramatic than walnut. Eventually, Brazilian Rosewood was discontinued due to environmental concerns.

Palisander’s distinctive reddish color is more notable than the usual brown walnut features and plays better in rooms with a lot of wood, making it ideal for homes.

Palisander is commonly associated with feelings of luxury, wealth, pride, and beauty. It has been one of the staple woods for great guitars, and other musical instruments, since the beginning of the 20th century.

We have a lot more to say about the many choices available for the Eames Lounge Chair in the market, along with valuable insights on this iconic mid-century modern design masterpiece. Stay tuned and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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