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5 Mid-Century Modern Design Lounge Chairs for Men

5 Mid-Century Modern Design Lounge Chairs for Men

Eames Lounge Chair, Womb Chair, Barcelona Chair… Unfortunately, most men let themselves be severely stereotyped when it comes to interior design and furniture choices.

Why make a statement about who you are when you can be content with your usual overstuffed and overused La-Z-Boy? After all, most people think that’s what most men enjoy.

But most men don’t know that the most iconic lounge chair of mid-century modernism are tremendously stylish and masculine while being miles away from the boring, traditional recliner. From the classic Eames Lounge Chairs to Danish s by Hans Wegner contemporary wingbacks.

Here are 5 examples of lounge chairs that every man will enjoy:

The Barcelona Chair

In a man’s house, The Barcelona Chair, originally designed by Mies van der Rohe, would easily become a focal point. Its spectacular design has no arms, but given its unique design, the Barcelona Chair retains that essential “sink-in” ability that most men treasure. Owning this particular chair speaks volumes for the taste and design-conscience of its owner, an epic win for the average dude.

The Wassily Chair

If you’re living in a loft, you might be interested in a chair that would reflect the industrial nature of that kind of space. The Wassily Chair, originally designed by Marcel Breuer would not only accomplish that but would also add an aesthetic, alluring layer tho the place. Despite the fact that Wassily Chairs are found often in overly modern environments, it’s a design that goes quite well with I found they worked quite nicely with pine floors and chiseled brick walls. They also scream rockstar!

Eames La Chaise

Guys, don’t be afraid. Chaise Lounges Chairs are awesome and they speak a great deal of the taste of the owner. La Chaise, originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames, can instantly make a bold visual statement in any room. This chair will not only become a focal point in any room you put it but it’ll make it look like an exhibition worthy of the MoMA. Surprisingly enough, it’s incredibly comfortable for a recliner this stylish. The Eames La Chaise is a unique piece that all women will like if you know what we mean.

Womb Chair

If you’re a man interested in making a statement, go bold. Nothing is bolder than a bright colorful Womb Chair that fits perfectly in any corner. The Womb Chair, originally designed by Eero Saarinen, has a sculptural quality that allows it to stand on its own and really command a corner. Imagine what that could do to your home design.

Eames Lounge Chair

And now, for pièce de résistance, The Eames Lounge Chair. Now this, men, this is a proper lounge chair and ottoman. One of the most famous designs of mid-century modern design, the lounge chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames was developed to be a comfortable but handsome addition to a living set. Charles Eames said his goal for the chair was the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” If there’s any lounge chair that’s more manly than that, we don’t know it yet.

Do you agree with our list? Any other chair that we missed? Stay tuned and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Eames Lounge Chair Buyers Guide Part II

Eames Lounge Chair Buyers Guide Part II

Eames Lounge Chairs are one of the most easily recognizable chairs of the mid-century modern furniture design movement. For more than 63 years, its original design by Charles and Ray Eames have enjoyed neverending popularity and since then, only small details of its manufacturing process have changed so far, and only for the better.

But with such a wide collection of choices, colors, plywoods alternatives, upholstery materials and variations available in the market, finding the best Eames Lounge Chair for you can be a daunting task. And if you’re on a budget and can’t afford an original, try finding a high-quality Eames Lounge Chair replica, one that is truly faithful to the original can make this process way more difficult.

That’s why we’re excited to offer you an updated buyer guide on how to make an informed decision when buying an Eames Lounge Chair replica, what to look for, and all the different models and choices available to you along with some other important details.

In our previous blog article, we discussed all the plywood choices available for the Eames Lounge Chair in the market, from palisander wood to walnut, and the less popular rosewood, cherry, white oak, and ebony ash. 

In this second part, we’ll discuss all the upholstery choices available for the Eames Lounge Chair in the market, along with some valuable information and insights related to this iconic masterpiece of mid-century modern design.

What’s the difference between aniline Leather, full-grain, and leatherette?2

One of the most prominent features of the Eames Lounge Chair is its leather upholstery. The original Eames lounge chair is a leather object. Yes, you can find other versions or replicas of the Eames Lounge Chair with fabric upholstery like wool or even mohair, but this would be incredibly difficult and, for some people, completely outrageous.

That being said, whenever you’re considering buying an Eames Lounge Chair or an Eames Lounge Chair replica, anyone can find themselves overwhelmed by features like “leatherette” or “aniline leather”. What do they even mean? What kind of leather should you get for the upholstery of an Eames Lounge Chair? Let’s find out.

For this article, we’ll use our favorite Eames Lounge Chair replica available in the market, the one sold by Manhattan Home Design

Aniline Leather

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In one line, Aniline leather is real leather treated with special dyes. Eames Lounge Chair that uses aniline leather maintains the leather hide’s original marks, shapes, and imperfections, in most cases. And we say in most cases because that’s one thing that sets bad quality knock offs from high-quality reproductions, stores like Manhattan Home Design inspect 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. Aniline leather will retain the mark if you scratch it with your fingernail but, over time, those markings will blend together with usage and add to the all-natural look and feel that distinguishes a regular leather recliner from a lifetime work of art.

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.

Italian Leather

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Italian leather is well known as the very best not only in the furniture design industry but in the fashion industry as well. Italian leather is highly desired for its quality. The very best craftsmanship and care go into manufacturing Eames Lounge Chairs replicas that feature Italian leather than almost any other comparable leather product and that means only the best quality hides are used.

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, we’ve summarized some important facts that show why Italian leather is the best around and why you should choose to purchase it:

  1. It’s a high-quality material: A great deal of craftsmanship is put into making Italian leather Eames Lounge Chairs with the highest standards.
  2. It’s made to last: When compared to other leathers, Italian leather is the most long-lasting. It can withstand everyday wear and tear, with most nicks and scratches being easily wiped away.
  3. It’s unique: Vegetable tanned Italian leather has a truly one of a kind appearance. No two naturally tanned items ever look alike!
  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 easy to maintain: Constantly cleaning handbags and purses can be a chore. Italian leather can be easily cleaned on with a damp cloth form from time to time but isn’t always necessary.

Leatherette

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Leatherette has been suffering from a bad rep for a long time due to the fact that is, actually, not real leather. We hear you, in a world that puts so much value on authenticity, exclusivity, and elegance, not having the real deal is definitely a bad thing. 

But depending on your values and principles, there might be more important things for you. One of the most important advantages of leatherette is that’s eco-friendly. Since Leatherette is a synthetic material made from vinyl, it doesn’t contain any no animal by-products. That means no animals were hurt during the manufacturing of your Eames Lounge Chair replica, and that’s something a lot of people put great value on.

You may also hear leatherette referred to as faux leather, fake leather, synthetic leather or pleather. In most cases, they all mean the same, a material made specifically to mimic the look and feel of real leather.

And there you have it, those are the most popular leather upholstery choices available for the Eames Lounge Chairs and Eames Lounge Chairs replicas available in the market at the moment. There are other less popular upholstery choices like wool that we’ll discuss later on another article, but for now, you’re better informed and know exactly what you’ll get when you consider these choices.

Is there any other advantage of the materials mentioned that we forgot to mention? Another popular upholstery material? Let us know in the comments below and, as always, stay tuned for another article on the best Eames Lounge Chairs out there!

 

Eames Lounge Chair Buyers Guide Part I

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Eames Lounge Chairs have been the epitome of mid-century modern furniture design for more than 63 years. Its original design by Charles and Ray Eames completely changed the world of mid-century modern design and since then, only small details of its manufacturing process have changed so far, and only for the better.

But with a plethora of choices, colors, plywoods alternatives, upholstery materials and variations available in the market, finding the best Eames Lounge Chair for you can be a daunting task. And if you’re on a budget and can’t afford an original, try finding a good faithful replica to the original can make this process more difficult.

We’re excited to offer you an updated buyers guide on how to make an informed decision when buying an Eames Lounge Chair replica, what to look for, and all the different models and choices available to you along with some other important details.

The Plywood Veneer Choice

it_prd_dtl_eames_lounge_chair_and_ottoman_05When you’re buying an Eames Lounge Chair replica, the first thing you must know and consider is the plywood choice. You’ll find you have walnut, palisander, santos palisander, veneer, what do those terms even mean? We’re talking of course about the Eames Lounge Chair frame, made of molded plywood in these different materials.

Charles and Ray Eames were already tinkering with molded plywood when they started working on the design of the Eames Lounge Chair. Another of their famous creations is the Molded Plywood Lounge Chair. They used that experience to reinvent a mid-century modern classic in every home in America, the lounge chair. The result of their efforts is the Eames Lounge Chair.

Only select choices could be used in the original design of the Eames Lounge Chair. You see, the wood used must not only be beautiful, but it must also be sturdy yet flexible, and thick without being too rough.

Originally the Eames Lounge Chair originally featured Brazilian Rosewood but since the 1990s, the use of Brazilian rosewood was discontinued and replaced by seven layers of plywood covered by veneers of walnut, palisander rosewood, cherry, white oak, and ebony ash. Here we will examine only the two most popular, walnut and palisander rosewood.

Walnut Veneer

Eames Lounge Chair in Walnut Plywood Veneer

 

Walnut wood has been a staple of furniture manufacturing for centuries, especially in Europe. Some people associate it with wisdom and knowledge, and this ancient belief permeates the timber itself, and the plywood that ultimately ends up on the Eames lounge chair replica.

The pattern the Walnut Veneer creates in the Eames Lounge Chair is deeply complex and rich, and the finished product is of a very light color that does perfectly well in office settings and homes with darker walls, to keep the contrast expected in a mid-century modern design setting.

Walnut is also known for a distinctive lack of any noticeable smell, but it makes up for this in versatility. Walnut Eames Lounge Chair will look really well in white spaces, along with gray areas. This veneer choice also plays well with green colors on curtains, pillows and other decor accessories. To give an example, the walnut veneer used in Manhattan Home Desing’s Eames Lounge Chair replica is not too dark, so it fits these categories perfectly.

Palisander Veneer

Eames Lounge Chair in Palisander Plywood Veneer

Palisander is a bit more varied in tone, stemming from two main sources: Brazilian rosewood and East Indian rosewood. Both are very rich in smell and texture, and they can be a bit more dramatic than walnut, so to speak. As we mentioned before, Brazilian Rosewood was discontinued decades ago due to environmental concerns

Palisander characteristic reddish color is noticeably more than the usual brown walnut features and will probably play better in rooms that feature a lot of wood as well, which makes it ideal for home settings. But if you’re combining different woods don’t worry about this too much, the most important thing is to make your Eames Lounge Chair replica plays along with your overall look or interior design.

Palisander is usually more 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. This particular name is a French loanword that actually originated from Dutch and it references the rich tonality found on the fresh timber of the tree.

In our next blog article, we’ll discuss all the upholstery choices available for the Eames Lounge Chair in the market, along with some valuable information and insights related to this iconic masterpiece of mid-century modern design. Stay tuned and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!