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Manhattan Home Design Reviews

Manhattan home design reviews

Manhattan Home Design has been making quality furniture available to customers since 2008! And with 10 years of experience in the furniture niche, they’ve racked up a number of positive raves and reviews from adoring customers everywhere. The Manhattan Home Design reviews on their website boast about their excellent customer service, furniture selection, affordable prices and more! The New York furniture store provides the best of Mid Century Modern furniture replicas that look anything like a cheap replica. In fact, many of their pieces look so good, they’ve often been mistaken for the real thing, allowing customers the chance to own furniture pieces they love without having to break the bank for the real thing.

Many of the Manhattan Home Design reviews on their site detail how wonderful the furniture selection is and how the quality is unreal, looking totally like the original. Many compliment the fact that the company provides clients with popular modern styles they would have never thought they’d be able to afford. Their online reviews also detail the quality they provide in each of their products, such as their selection of Classic Lounge Chairs and ottomans, which provide the perfect way to relax in style. Their Noguchi Coffee table that’s beautifully designed and perfect for entertaining guests at home has also gotten amazing online reviews from customers who simply love the stunning piece.

Replicas can get a bad rep, but not according to all the Manhattan Home Design reviews on their site, which have nothing but positive things to say about the vast selection of replica furniture from some of the most notable designers in the Mid Century Modern furniture niche.  Many reviewers love how they can see a piece online and then go into their New York showroom to see it up close and try it out before buying. And many admit that they were skeptical about buying replica furniture, but were totally sold when they saw the piece in person.

So if you’ve been dreaming of a Mid Century Modern furniture piece by a designer you love only to have your heart broken by the fact you can’t actually afford it, just read all of the Manhattan Home Design reviews and heart will rejoice because now you can buy that replica piece that looks just like the real thing!

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica ?

It’s fairly simple, I tell you. The task of putting together the Eames Lounge Chair Replica is not as humongous as it sounds.

Below are pictured tutorials of how you can assemble this masterpiece:

1. Make sure the box is facing upwards in the right direction. Follow the arrow marks.

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

2. Once you open the box, you will find the base of the chair, looking like this:

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

3. You will notice that there is a rod in the same box, on the side. Please remove it and place it in the base, as shown in the image.

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

4. Once this is fixed, as shown in the figure, you will now have to place this piece in the base of the chair.

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

5. Once you’re through with the fixing of the base, please pull out the seat from the box.

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

6. Pull out all the contents of the box. You will find in it: a seat, backrest, arm rests and hinges to put it all in place.

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

7. Now,place the seat and the base of the Eames Lounge Chair Replica at a height that is reachable to you, enabling you to fix the rest of the chair.

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

8. Place the backrest in the grooves provided at the side of the chair.

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

9. Using the equipment given with the box, tighten the bolts of the backrest to the base of the chair.

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

10. Finally, you can finish fixing this chair by placing the arm rests on the side and fastening the hinges.

How to assemble an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

Best Places to Buy the Eames Lounge Chair Replica

  1. Manhattan Home Design
  2. Houzz
  3. Ebay
  4. Barcelona Designs
  5. Amazon

The Best Eames Lounge Chair Replica Comparision

I’ve bought almost all (8) Eames Lounge Replicas on the markets from both US/Canada suppliers. After reviewing them all for the past 7 months, I’ve come up with a comprehensive comparison between them. All the companies that sell their chairs below $900 are cheap junk, so I haven’t listen them all. The ones above are the big players who know a thing or two about Eames’s Design.

Hope you like it.
Disclaimer – I have not been paid my any company. The views expressed here are totally mine and unbiased.

Choose The Right Leather And Wooden Veneers for Your Eames Lounge Chair Replica

Let us first know about Eames Lounge Chair replicas, the good thing about Eames Lounge chair replica is that they can be customizable. Firstly, you can find them in color variants. Depending on your choice, the ambiance you want to create, the style you want it to bring to your room and your interior design needs. Once that is done, it is time to select the wood and leather.
Palisander and Walnut Wood- these are the wood veneers types majorly used in Eames chair replica. You can identify Palisander because of its rosy, red-brown color and has a lovely smell. It is the darker of the two and is a heavy wood. Durability is what Palisander is known for as it hardened with by undergoing a process. Walnut wood on the other hand is a lighter version, with a grey-brown, beige-like hue. With these distinct properties of the woods, I am sure you will be able to differentiate the wood type next time you look around for Eames.
Do not stop your imagination in giving the best look with Eames lounge chair. It depends on your choice and creativity as to what fits your room best. And there, you get your color combination set.
There are three qualities of leather for you to choose form: Basic, Italian and Aniline leather. Basic leather denotes the finest Euro-style Eco Leather. I found this leather highly eco-friendly, and also doesn’t hurt your budget. You can go for a little more expensive Italian leather, which is made up of larger full-grains. This is a genuine leather and hence a little on the expensive side.
And there comes a high quality leather, Aniline leather with much more softness than the previous two. This leather has a nice texture you can touch and feel. Aniline leather is best known for its softness and provides the leather breathing ability. This functionality makes unique and is the reason that it withstands both cold and warm temperatures without going out of shape. There’s more to it, Aniline is a shinier type of leather and impresses many buyers with its very look.
Not to forget, be it a classic, urban or a mid-century look, leathers and veneers are the deciding factors, hence you have to make a wise decision with your Eames lounge chair. Lastly, buy something you have been dreaming of that brings you joy and just live in the moment. Good Luck!

Palisander Wood and Walnut Wood

Italian Leather vs Aniline Leather

“5 Points Check List” When Buying an Eames Lounge Chair Replica

What to Look for When Buying an Eames Lounge Chair Replica?

Like buying a large television set, an Eames Lounge Chair is a big purchase that requires some knowledge into the technicalities of the product before making the big buy. To ensure the utmost satisfaction with the lounge chair of your choosing, it is best to examine certain aspects of the chair before making your buy. Retailers of Eames chair reproductions often assert how similar the chair is to the original model. Despite the similarity between different reproductions, there may be hidden snags that lessen the durability of the chair. Or, there could be qualities that make the chair lacking. Below are some questions you should be pondering when looking at Eames chair replicas and models.

Are the cushions are interchangeable?

An important question to consider, as some Eames Lounge chairs have cushions sewn onto the body of the chair or the ottoman. Manhattan Home Design’s Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman set have pillows that can be easily removed from the seat and the ottoman. What’s best is they are interchangeable, given that they both come in the same size of 32 ¾ “ x 21 ½.” Thus, if you feel you’ve tampered with the elevation of the seat, you can switch it with the one atop the ottoman and vice versa.

How does the cushion breathe?

Comfort comes from cushioning that is able to revive after having pressure set upon it, which is vital for the entire cushioned area: the seat, the ottoman and the inner body of the chair. Our cushions are breathable, with air inlets lining the chair. With the entrance of more air, the cushions become equipped with a greater retention of their original shape. Additionally, the breathable quality protects against mold and residue buildup.

What Kind of the foam is in the cushion?

The foam inside our chairs is of the highest caliber memory foam. This injected foam has an impressive shelf-life of over 20 years. Memory foam is the best filling material for long-lasting chairs, as it is this material that is most responsible for shape retention. Memory foam slips into the position of your body, so you will never be in conflict with it. The foam moves with the shape of your body and when you get up or remove something from the chair, the cushion will return to its original shape, without any disturbances.

Is the piping hand stitched?

Manhattan Home Design enforces a hand-stitched piping along all the edges of the chair. An intricate method, albeit completely worth the quality attribute, our stitching features 1’2 inch of real leather stitched by hand. The piping is composed of 400 stitches with buttons that are also handmade and of genuine leather. It is sewn with metal clasps to hold the leather in a firm position for a final touch. Not every lounge chair is made with such a labor of love.

Is the Recline at a 15-degree angle?

The recline of our lounge chair reaches a slick 15° angle for a true lounging experience. This allows you to literally sit back as the sit back, relax maxim suggests. A 15° is the mathematical degree for harmony in the incline of the back, as it is not too low, nor too high a reclining position. This makes for the optimal lounging experience.

Manhattan Home Design Reviews

Manhattan Home Design is known for its mid-century reproductions, though this company also sells gluts of other furniture including the reselling of Zuo, Ashley, Modway and other modern furniture brands. I went on the site and unsurprisingly, the Eames lounge chair replica had the spotlight, having being mentioned loads of times on the home page.  They have a showroom in the Times Square region in NYC. My friend also bought an Eames lounge chair from MHD roughly two years ago, so I knew I had to scour this site and speak to the company about the Eames lounge chair in my search for the best replica. Here are my observations on the company and chair:

Manhattan home designs reviewss

Loaded Mid-century Site

In a way, Manhattan Home Design uses a typical hyper-marketing setup on its website. The homepage is a lot to process, with deals jumping out at you in the sliders, rows and rows of furniture pictures with links, “Buy now! Bow now!” soliciting you to make a purchase, mentions of awards, design inspiration pages, blogs and more tabs then most furniture sites have. This content just scratches the surface; there’s more on this page. This company pretty much shoves all of its positive traits down the viewer’s throat, or in this case, their eyes.  There’s even a letter from President Obama showcased with the presidential seal and all.  It emanates the air of “hey! Look at me!” solicitous and overwhelming.

On the other hand, this excess can be a good thing, since the homepage is the first impression you get of an e-commerce company. The homepage includes two ways to order free swatches, which helps for people that don’t have a good eye. It also shows that this company is legit, with its establishment in 2008 and having served 60,000+ customer. It may be the classic accentuating the positives, but at least this company is open about its history. It doesn’t shy away from informing potential customers of the kind of Eames lounge chair replica they carry, which they state is a Vitra in bold typeface.

Only Three Swatches Allowed…When Requested on the Site

Manhattan Home Design offers a long palette of swatches to choose form, and not just for the Eames lounge chair replica. I was at first excited to get a bunch of these freebies but was disappointed to learn that they only allow three per person. I was also a bit turned off to learn they only have two options of wooden veneers: Palisander and walnut. But then again, most companies have very few veneer options. This brings me to the chat I had with an MHD representative. I sought out to get all the info on their Eames lounge chair but in the midst of my conversation, the topic turned to swatches. The representative was super accommodating to my lust for more swatches. She told me that three is the maximum number of swatches allowable when requested via the site, since the interface has three drop downs for swatches. However, when you call or request it via the chat, they don’t really set a limit of how many swatches are allowed per customer. This is within reason of course, but I was very happy that she let me order 5 free swatches.

Cutting-Edge Eames Chair Replica

What I like about MHD is that the product page of the Eames lounge replica is rife with information about their Eames lounge chair and the Eames lounge chair in general. The page will tell you all you need to know about the MHD replica, with the tiniest details on display. There are also blog posts that focus solely on the Eames chair replica. I thought I would mine some facts about their particular replica but ended up learning so much more. There was a lot of trivia but for an Eames lounge chair enthusiast like myself, it was brain candy. On the chat I asked the representative the same information that was already on the page and she confirmed to me these qualities:

  • The wood is Brazilian, no wax, uses Italian lacquer for longevity
  • Memory foam all over the interior
  • Industrial Velcro and zippers, no clips
  • Silicone shock mounts are stronger than rubber, provide movement and tilt of the back
  • 7-layer wooden shell, topped with a veneer
  • Hand-stitched cushions, no clips or glue
  • Interchangeable seat and ottoman cushions
  • Eco-friendly reinforced and hardened shell
  • “Breathable” back made from small holes to prevent mold

There are more cool features listed on the site. All this information is very re-assuring that you are getting an Eames Lounge chair replica that’s close to the original chair, if not exact. It also tells you the strength and durability of it.

Country of Origin:

The chat with the rep confirmed that the leathers are from Italy and the woods are from Brazil.  They also source American and Canadian-made wood companies. The metals of the base are from Asia, which like I’ve mentioned on other reviews, is marketing-speak for China. However, the rep told me they get these from Taiwan too. I don’t mind the fact that these small pieces are sourced from Asia, because the major pieces originate in Europe and Brazil. The rep told me that the chair is assembled and shipped out of their New Jersey warehouse. I went as far as asking for the location of the warehouse, which I was denied, understandably. It doesn’t surprise me that the metal is from China or Taiwan, as I don’t think replica companies would go above and beyond to avoid getting something from China, it being a mainstay and all. But I would love a company to surprise me.

Sketchy Customer Service Record:

From the reviews I’ve read online, the biggest drawback to buying something from Manhattan Home Design seems to stem from the issue of customer service. I see that on the website, the only phone number listed is for sales. You can’t blame sales reps for not being to assist with a customer service issue. I think the reason there’s been much unrest over this issue is because it is a misunderstanding. I spoke to my friend who had purchased an Eames lounge chair replica from MHD about this issue. I was mostly interested in knowing how someone would go about if they purchased a defective item or needed further help. My friend said that MHD handles customer service inquires over the phone only. This is a major problem for me, as I am much more comfortable with conversing with a human, instead of a computer, or having to write and wait.

On the other hand, I applaud Manhattan Home Design for being upfront about this. Their website clearly mentions that the phone is for sales only. That’s not exactly a concealed way to say their phone line does not address customer service. Most other companies do have a customer service hotline, problem is, no one answers it, or whoever answers it performs in a shoddy way, with false promises of callbacks. (See Rove) The idea that this company has poor customer service is counteracted by their homepage, once again. They’ve been in business for 8 years with over 60,000 customers, as the homepage reminds me. The tainted reviews are overshadowed by the vast throngs of happy customers.

I decided to check out the sales line so I called and spoke with a very well-informed rep named “Michelle.” She explained everything to me, including confirming facts about the Eames lounge chair replica which are aforementioned, the return policies and everything in between. She was also very polite about the customer service situation, telling me that she would love to help me should I encounter any issues, but the ideal thing would be to have my complaint in writing.

The Verdict:

Manhattan Home Design has a spotty record of customer service but an outstanding Eames lounge chair replica. Their site is replete with info, infographics, photos, reviews, interior designer blogs and more, which shows how much dedication the company has to their products. To me, the quality and durability of the Eames lounge chair is the priority, so I am unbothered by the negative reviews I found online. Every company has negative reviews, but MHD is clearly able to withstand the test of time as it is still operating with the same products since 2008. A lot of MCM companies I searched for online are switching their stock to modern furniture instead of midcentury replicas, as they are losing business on these items. The only logical explanation is that they sell poor or lackluster reproductions. (This is primarily why I am not reviewing IFN Furniture, as a rep told me they are changing their entire brand from MCM replicas to modern furniture.)

The verdict is: Manhattan Home Design’s Eames lounge replica is worth it. The amazing features of the chair, the proximity to the original Vitra in design, the engaging website and the near 10-year span in business signifies that it’s worth buying from this company. When the positive outweighs the negative, sometimes, you’ve just got to overlook the negative.

My friend who owns the MHD lounge chair had a rather firm chair which has softened up over its two-year run. It’s still going strong.

Rove Concepts Review

In my hunt for the perfect Eames Lounge Chair replica, naturally, I set out to inspect Rove Concepts. This company seems to pop up all over the internet whenever you search for something Eames Chair-related. They also have a lot of likes on Facebook, which is not very telling of a furniture company, especially one with such high prices. This isn’t Ikea we’re talking about. Before the horrors hidden behind this scam-riddled company, I want to give you some basic info on them first.

Rove Concepts, also called Rove, is a retailer of midcentury reproductions, with a physical store located in Vancouver, Canada. Most of their sales come from online, as it is an e-commerce company. It began business in 2010 and has seen a lot of growth. But it has a rather blemished reputation for both the quality of products, the life of products, the customer service and much more.

Ridiculously Expensive Chair with Shady Marketing Practices

Their top item, or their “flag-ship item,” as they market it, even though it’s spelled “flagship,” is the Eames Lounge Chair replica. Unlike most replica or reproductions, the Rove lounge chair costs about $1,800. I kid you not. This is the base price, meaning more fees will be attached, depending on the leather finishing of your choice.

I was really disappointed by this. Initially, I was excited by all the different colors of leather Rove offers: 20! I’ve not seen that many options for the Eames lounge replica on any other replica site. They also have three choices of wooden veneers, which if you hover above them, will read $0.00. But that is redundant, that’s not a positive quality. It’s basically Rove trying to counteract the fact that almost every choice of leather will cost you more money for the already expensive $1,800 chair, since each veneer is marketed as “free.” This is but the first shady tactic this company uses.

Another one is how misleading the pricing is on this site. After clicking the seating tab, I was taken to a page with the Eames lounge chair replica as the first chair, unsurprisingly. Below the chair, $1,695 was the listed price. As soon as I clicked on the link to the Eames lounge chair replica, the price was $1,795. How did $1,695 suddenly become $100 more expensive? Well, according to my conversation with the representative over the phone, who called himself “Alex,” $1,695 was the price of ONLY one combination of leather and veneer. It was only for the Modena Eggshell leather and Palisander veneer. Unbelievable! Nowhere on the product page did it even mention that sale. What’s even more spurious is that under the seating tab, $1,795 was crossed out next to the $1,695 price. How a company can so casually lie is beyond me.

Most Items Take 10-14 Weeks to Arrive, Swatches Take Over a Week

I’ve read countless reviews stating that Rove is notorious for its shipping. But I found that a bit odd, since it is an e-commerce company after all.  It should prioritize how soon their customers will receive their highly-priced items. But it does not. I spoke with a representative via chat. “Elly,” was so elusive, it took me three attempts on the chat for her to stay logged in and answer my questions. Red Flag! No sales person should be so evasive in manner with a potential customer. When she finally stayed on the chat, she confirmed the outrageously long wait times for Rove products. Here’s the short of it:

In-stock items: 7-18 business days

Out-of-stock items: 10-14 weeks= 2.5 months

Swatches: 6-8 business days

Are. You. Kidding. Me. This service could not be more horrid. Standard shipping will cost you $249, a fortune for the already super-high base markup of $1,795. By the way, only the first three leather options with Palisander wood veneers are in-stock. I wanted the Modena Terracotta (a nice caramel color) with the oak veneer and Elly said that it would have to be made “from scratch.” Ummmmmmm, that can be said about any product! It’s a deceptive way to say that it’s not in stock. So I would wait 2.5 months after paying $2,119. ($1,870.00 for the Modena Terracotta chair and $249 for standard shipping) Elly tried to downplay this by saying I would only pay 50% for the first few weeks, then the rest shortly before it ships. That makes no difference, as it would be the same price for an almost 3-month wait time.

Also, 8 business days for swatches? They are flat, tiny samples of the material that can literally fit in an envelope. It should take no more than 4 days at most.

Cheap Chinese Products Touted as American-Made

During my chat with Rove representative Elly, she pointed out how the products are made in Rove’s American warehouse. She mentioned this twice, without my having asked. I spoke with Rove reps before and know they outsource all their products in cheap, Chinese factories. She, however was hell-bent on making it seem like the Rove Eames lounge chair was produced in the USA. When I finally called her out, she said Rove products are assembled in the US warehouse but made in China. She could have said this the first time around; instead she took the misleading route. The fact that the Eames chair replica is assembled in the US does not change its quality when it is made in a Chinese factory.

Elly also copy/pasted the typical Rove response when you tell their reps that their products are Chinese-produced. (Try asking them yourself, they will give you the same response) The response was that they only use one factory that produces items for Rove alone.  Riiiiiiiight. Like some Chinese factory will limit themselves financially by only selling their junk to one company. Nope, not buying it.

This same response is used when you ask them why their Eames lounge chairs are far more expensive than most replicas, when they are made in China! It’s absurd they would even suggest that, as if their business with one factory would spike the cost of an Eames lounge replica. It doesn’t work like that; that’s not how economics works.

Aggressive Fake Users All Over Furniture Forums

I’ve read reviews how Rove employs fake users on several sites to spam their crappy products to naïve customers. I was skeptical, since I didn’t find such activity. Then I signed up for Houzz and Apartment Therapy, two websites that allow users to discuss interior design projects and the like. On many of the Eames lounge chair topic forums, Rove would hijack the conversations. But they spam in a subtle way. Ex: One fake user would post how horrible her experiences were with various Eames lounge replica retailers, from product to shipping, to customer service. Then when it came time to discuss her experience with Rove, she would have nothing but positive things to say. And she would post long paragraphs and pics of her Rove chair, but no pics or ANY evidence of the so-called bad chairs from other companies.

Rovers would interact positively with each other and verbally attack those who aren’t so fond of Rove. They would go on and on about how great their Eames chair is. Normal users do not act like that. They would not spend copious amounts of time to defend one company while bashing others and undermining people who have had truly bad experiences with Rove.

But, if anything shows that Rove employs people to spam these websites, it’s this: this guy “Mark Baldwin” was so rude to me when I so little as said I don’t want to wait for 18 days for a Rove chair.  I thought it was strange, how someone can be that rude when I said nothing personal to him; in fact I was not speaking to him at all. Another user was quick to recognize “Mark Baldwin” for the true spammer he is. As you can see in this shot, the URL is Roveconcepts15. Houzz uses your email alias to create a URL for an account. The Rove marketers were not too bright to sign up with their own email, but at least it proved that Rove spams thee websites and is not to be trusted.

The Verdict:

Cheap Chinese items that retail for 100%+ higher prices for their cheap, Chinese-factory-made products. Unscrupulous marketing tactics, lies upon lies, long waits for items to ship, poor communication and customer service. I say, all of that tallies up to: not worth it. If you are fine with purchasing products that are made in China, you should still avoid Rove like the plague. Why? Because at least with other Chinese-made retailers, you won’t be charged hundreds of dollars more than a product is actually worth. As far as quality is concerned, they don’t use Velcro or zippers for the Eames loungers; they use “clips,” a euphemism for thick staples to hold the leather together. This company is bordering heavily on a scam, no wonder it is not accredited with the Better Business Bureau.