Eames Lounge Chair: Which Leather Type Suits me Best?

Eames Lounge Chair: Which Leather Type Suits me Best?

We’ve been using leather products since the beginning of time. Archaeologists have discovered evidence of leather tanning in ancient societies, such as the Greeks and the Egyptians. When it comes to choosing leather furniture for your home, it is a decision to not be taken lightly.

The original Eames Lounge Chair is made with leather. Nowadays, you might find wool or synthetic cushions variants, but this would be a difficult find, and quite outrageous depending on who you ask.

When you purchase an Eames Lounge Chair, you will find yourself swarmed by terms like “leatherette” or “aniline” leather. What do they mean? What’s the best leather type for the upholstery? Time to find out.

Aniline and Italian Leather

Aniline leather is leather treated with special dyes. The dye preserves the skin’s original marks, shapes, and imperfections. Quality aniline leather can be very stylish and exquisite.

Home design experts usually prefer fading to cracking. The former works as an indicator of taste and authenticity, just like a fine wine.

Aniline leather will maintain a scratch mark but over time, those will blend in with usage markings and add to the all-natural look and feel that differentiates a regular leather recliner from a lifetime work of art.

If you’re still not convinced, there are semi-aniline leathers that still feel natural but are more scratch-resistant

Italian leather is top quality leather in the West. Italians are famous for their natural treatments of animal skin. There are two types of Italian leather: full-grain, and top grain. Both of them are top-notch, but the full-grain leather is a better fit for everyday use. 


This is not real animal leather, it’s a great alternative for vegans and those who don’t feel comfortable with genuine leather. Leatherette is a synthetic variant designed for a variety of uses. 

Leatherette costs half the price of genuine leather, so good news for your bank account. However, it isn’t as breathable as genuine leather, so might be in trouble in the future if you live in a warm place all year long. 

Though leatherette is less durable, it is much easier to clean. Keep in mind, though leatherette is vegan, it isn’t biodegradable.

An Eames Lounge Chair with authentic leather will cost more but it will: 

1. Absorb stains and spills better than leatherette 

2. Fade with age (leatherette will crack with age).

Eames Lounge Chair: Designed for Dogs

It doesn’t take a lot to make dogs happy —a full belly, a place to play, and a warm, cozy place to sleep. For those dogs who were lucky to live with an Eames Lounge Chair owner, they won the lottery. Don’t trust us? Take a look at these adorable dogs chilling in their owner’s Eames Lounge Chairs.


For instance, we believe the legs on this Eames Lounge Chair resemble the legs on this cute and beautiful pooch, don’t you?


The comfortable ottoman of the Eames Lounge Chair is perfect for this family room, and apparently for this dog, too!


We think this little guy ties in nicely with the white faux sheepskin that covers this Eames Lounge Chair. It’s also a great way to protect the leather upholstery!


Do the black and white dog complement the chair or is it the other way around?


When you try to get a comfortable chair for yourself, but your dog claims it. We could write a thousand words about how comfortable the Eames Lounge Chair and this picture will still beat those words, hands down.


How is an Eames Lounge Chair Replica Made?

The Eames Lounge Chairs and Ottoman officially named Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671), were released in 1956 by Charles and Ray Eames. Their design resulted in one of the most iconic and recognized representations of American mid-century modernism. 

Charles and Ray Eames worked closely together while creating the Eames Lounge Chair. They brainstormed and experimented with several common materials, but decided for their all-time favorite: molded plywood. Both designers toiled relentlessly on their designs until they got every last detail right. 

Manhattan Home Design offers a replica of this masterpiece, following all original specifications with the same accuracy and attention to detail. Their process and replicas have been voted the closest to the original, and have shared the behind the scenes of their manufacturing process.

How the Eames Lounge Chair Replicas are Made

Manhattan Home Design’s manufacturing process is almost the same used for the original Eames Lounge Chair. All of their Eames Lounge Chair replicas are mostly made by hand.

The Leather

It all starts with the highest quality leather. Leather pieces are laid out and examined for any imperfections. They are searched for any markings, flaws, scars, bug bites, or defects. 

These flaws are picked up by a computer scanner which then calculates the best way to cut the leather and avoid imperfections. This same computer also cuts the leather, creating all the pattern pieces for the Eames Lounge Chair cushions. 

The Sewing Process

Manhattan Home Design has no automation in this part of the process. They are true believers of hands-on American craftsmanship. Every one of their Eames Lounge Chairs is hand sewn. They start by sewing the arms, the seats, and back pieces. Then the cushions go to the upholsterers to be stuffed with high-density urethane foam.

Buttons are then hand sewn in place using a sturdy twine. Each button is placed in a way that when you put your legs up on ottoman it’s already compliant and adapting to your body. These buttons provide give the Eames Lounge Chair replica their shape, strength and its iconic appeal.

The Woodwork

Manhattan Home Design offers plywood or walnut veneer sheets, depending on your choice. These are fed into a conveyor where a coat of glue is placed on both sides. The plywood sheets are then combined by alternating dry sheets with glued ones. The wood grains are crossed for added strength in this part of the process. The wood grain that you choose gives the Eames Lounge Chair replica a lot of its character. 

When the manufacturing process originally began in 1956, rosewood was the high-end look to get. Since using rosewood from Brazil was discontinued in the early 1990s, Manhattan Home Design uses seven plywood layers covered by environmentally friendly walnut or palisander veneers.

Afterward, the layered veneers go into a press which applies a precise amount of heat and pressure to bend the wood. This process hasn’t changed much since 1956. Then a computerized routing arm cuts out the shapes of the seat, the back, headrest, and the Ottoman base.  

The Shock Mounts

After all the woodwork is done, the circular impressions where the shock mounts will go are sanded. Shock mounts were another clever invention of Charles and Ray Eames. The shock mounts isolate various pieces of the Eames Lounge Chair and allow it to move with your body. This is what helps the Eames Lounge Chair move comfortably with you.

The plywood pieces go through a final sanding and then on to the assembly area. After the assembly team double-checks that everything matches, all the connecting hardware is attached and the Eames Lounge Chair seat undergoes a shock mount test.

The Final Tests

The shock mount for an Eames Lounge Chair replica is probably the most critical aspect of the chair. Manhattan Home Design states this is the process that they spend the most amount of time on. 

After the shock mount test, the wood sheets and leather upholstery are merged. The signature 5 leg base is screwed on and each cushion is carefully nudged into its plywood shell. Then the final hardware is attached.

There’s one final step before each Eames Lounge Chair replica is ready to sell. Every one of Manhattan Home Design’s Eames Lounge Chair replicas receives a final shock mount and rocking test to confirm everything is okay and the shock mounts are doing their job.

It’s no wonder our Eames Lounge Chair replica continues to be one of their best selling pieces. Whether it’s the materials used or the upholstered leather, the Eames Lounge Chair remains an icon of comfort, elegance, and modernism. 
You can order your Manhattan Home Design Eames Lounge Chair replica now, and join this Lounge Chair most exclusive and coveted owners club!

Here are the Best Lounge Chairs for 2020

Here are the Best Lounge Chairs for 2020

We know what you might say. 2020? Already? But buying a great chair, especially one of the mid-century modern classics that we’re about to discuss in this article takes not only time to invest and plan but also careful consideration. We thought you might want to get ahead and discover the best chairs for 2020 without getting in the way of your pumpkin latte, your Halloween preparations and your thanksgiving. 

2020 will definitely bring new arrivals in terms of home furniture, but there’s a reason why these chairs are timeless classics. We’ll stray from our usual content by not mentioning our favorite, the Eames Lounge Chair or even the Womb Chair, those are already best-selling wonders. We’re here to show you other alternatives you might want to try next year.

Hans Wegner Wing Chair


Well, not exactly. This reinterpretation of Hans Wegner’s iconic and elegant Wing chair features a high back and a low seat for an organic recline and lots of space to spread around. You can get it on its striking classic black or a much more playful and engaging white. This chair is pure Italian leather encased in molded fiberglass with a polished steel base. Perfect for offices as well.

Papa Bear Chair


Another hit by Hans Wegner, the Papa Bear Chair has been one of our favorites for some time now and it is easy to see why. On one hand, it is extremely nostalgic and homely. The tight upholstery and dark wood finish make it seem like an old, comfortable throne. However, the lightweight ottoman and modernist design make it tailored and elevated, so it fits well just about anywhere.

Reach Chair


The gorgeous Reach Chair is a must-have for contemporary office spaces, modern living rooms, and stylish bedrooms. It is probably the most elegant set of the five, sporting a very modern finish in black and white vinyl choices. 

The polished steel base comes with non-marking foot glides and the huge ottoman makes can be repurposed as a different seat altogether.

Spiers Lounge Chair & ottoman


Probably the most comfortable and thickly-padded chair of the whole group. The Spiers armchair and ottoman combo is the epitome of Scandinavian furniture and style, which favors coziness and warm colors. Leisure is the keyword here. The ottoman is just as huge and padded as the chair so, for this price, you’re basically getting an elegant second bed for your living room.

The Panton Chair


You might also know this lounge chair as the stacking chair or S Chair. Now, this chair is mostly known by the name of its Danish designer, Verner Panton. Did you know The Panton Chair was the first chair to be manufactured completely out of plastic in a single piece?

Since the introduction of this chair in 1967, four versions of this chair have been produced from four kinds of plastic. This lounge chair was originally made of fiberglass-reinforced polyester resin painted in a high-gloss lacquer. Today the Panton chair is made from colored polypropylene and sports a matte finish.

So, there you have it. 5 modern and amazing lounge chairs to renovate your house in this upcoming year. Take your time to consider each and let us know if we missed any particular chair on our list. Don’t forget to comment and stay tuned for more articles.

Pairing your Eames Lounge Chair – A Masterclass

Pairing your Eames Lounge Chair – A Masterclass

The Eames Lounge Chair is one of the most famous chairs in modern history. In Manhattan Home Design we know this and that is why we’ve developed a high-quality Eames reproduction that will give you the most comfort, as well as a great addition to your home furniture.

But, we also know that it is highly likely that at the time you are deciding on purchasing this very famous chair, you already have other furniture at home.

You might be thinking: “Will my Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman combine with my already-existing furniture?” “Will I have to redecorate just to bring the Eames Lounge Chair replica home?”

The answer is “maybe”, but keep on reading, we have the perfect tips for you to make your Eames Chair replica fit in perfectly with what you already have at home.

Pairing your Eames Lounge replica

Before thinking about how to pair your Eames Lounge Chair reproduction, you need to know a few facts about this piece of furniture.

It was designed to give it the look and feel of a well-worn baseball mitt. It is made from real leather and handmade buttons. It has a breathable back with 65 air inlets that prevent residue and mold buildup. Its cushions are fully replaceable.

The texture is incredible, and it becomes softer over time. Its hand-stitched leather gives it the feel of something that has been carefully created with care.

Eames Lounge Chair Replica
Eames Lounge Chair Replica / Photo credit: Casey Marshall

So, after knowing a detail or two about the reproduction Eames Chair and Ottoman, our first tip is not to think about decorating your place with a set of furniture. It is not a must, although you can do it if you like it.

It is also easy to fall into trends, but, these will most-likely become outdated and give your house a certain “feel” of an age, instead of a more timeless look.

Taking this into consideration, it is totally ok if you have a couch you like and the Eames Lounge Chair to go with it. In other words, it is ok not to have a complete furniture set.

The most impactful spaces are those that effortlessly combine elements and pieces from multiple periods, styles and places. However, if you are going for this mix, be careful not to create an overwhelming decoration.

How to start decorating your home

Home decoration
Home decoration

If you are about to move in and are thinking of getting new furniture, you might start with the essentials: sofas, beds, dining table. Once you have covered those, you will be looking into smaller furniture pieces to go with them: antiques, soft furnishings, and others, to complete the look you want.

You will also be interested in thinking about color palettes. Read our other post about choosing the right color for the Eames Lounge Chair replica. Since we have it available in different tones, you may want to go for one that matches your current decoration. We also recommend a few combinations for each chair, so, take a look at those other tips we have for you!

A great practice when bringing a new piece home is to limit the color palette. It will help your room stay coherent, even if you have a variety of styles.

You can also try to add contemporary art to the mix. It will add interest to the room and art also almost always helps make a striking statement.

room decoration
Room decoration

You should also want to pay attention to scale. This, in fact, is one great valuable lesson in interior design: learning how to place with the scale of objects. This means that you should look into proportions and the comparative size of objects in a space. The objective: achieving balance.

Have you heard of the power of repetition? It works wonders in interior design, even if you are mixing styles. You may have a very minimalistic couch and the more classic-looking Eames Chair, but if you repeat certain items in the room, things can look more coherent.

You can achieve this by adding similar decoration on the walls that match accessories that are on top of the dining table. Or you can have a framed cloth that is also used on the sofa cushions.

Use the Eames Chair reproduction as an inspiration piece

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Eames Lounge Replica / Photo credit: Wicker Paradise

Expert designers recommend starting decorating a room by starting with one piece as the focus and take it from there. If you are bringing the Eames Lounge Chair into a specific room, then you can use this piece of furniture as the main inspiration.

Taking this chair as a starting point, you can add other items also made from leather, even though they can be a different style or color. Or, you could also use the chair’s wooden pattern as a repetition on a coffee table, for example, or a couch you will have placed next to it.

If you stick to a theme, it is another easy way to integrate pieces of furniture together. You can start collecting objects that can go with the theme you would like to create. Having visual points of reference can also keep your theme on track.

Finally, don’t forget that you can also balance different materials. However, it is important for you to pay attention the same way you need to look out for the scales of the items. If you want to mix the leather of the Eames Chair reproduction, you could add a few more leather items, but don’t overdo it.

If you need assistance on design, decoration or just have questions about the amazing Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman replica, just get in contact with Manhattan Home Design.

How to choose the right color for your Eames Lounge Chair replica?

How to choose the right color for your Eames Lounge Chair replica?

The Eames Lounge Chair is a classic piece from the XX century. Since it is such a popular option in classy and comfortable furniture in the United States, Manhattan Home Design has created an Eames Lounge Chair replica, just for you.

This design, created originally by Charles and Ray Eames, can be found in popular films, TV shows, offices and thousands of residences all over the world. They intended for the chair to have a look and feel of a well-worn baseball mitt.

At Manhattan Home Design you will find it available in five different colors to choose from: black, brown, antique brown, cream and white. Which one you choose will depend not only on your personal taste but also on the current decoration of the room you want to put it in.

We know it can get hard to match certain colors, but that’s why we are here to help make this process as easy as possible and have your Eames chair replica fit in with the decoration you already have.

Eames Lounge Chair features

The Eames Lounge Chair replica that you will find at Manhattan Home Design is upholstered in a top-grain eco premium Italian leather. It is braided threaded used with Lockstitch which ensures the piping stays in place and seams are long-lasting.

The plywood is also high-quality from USA, Canada and Brazil and it is engineered in such a way to prevent cracking.

Another great feature of the Eames Lounge Chair is that the cushions are removable, as per the original design and it has a 360-degree swivel.

Design tricks that will help your Eames Lounge replica fit in perfectly with your current decoration

When designing for interior locations there is something called the 60-30-10 rule for colors. It means that you should divide the color scheme into percentages of color use.

60% of the color you choose should be used as the main color of your room design. This can be implemented on the walls, the floor and a couple of pieces of furniture. It could also be in the curtains or draperies.

Then, 30% will be a secondary color, which should have only half the amount of color saturation as the main color and it shouldn’t compete for attention in your design, it should contrast with the main color and create depth.

Finally, this rule says that 10% of the color should be one-third of the secondary color and one-sixth of the main color and will be called accent color. Its purpose is to give interest and contrast to the color scheme.

For instance, if your room is using gray as the main color, you can have blue as a secondary color and pink as an accent.

You can also guide yourself with a color wheel to help find a match for the colors you want to use. This is a color circle that presents the primary, secondary and tertiary colors.

Design colors for your black Classic Eames Lounge Chair Ottoman

black eames lounge chair

If you have decided to go with the classic black-colored Eames chair reproduction, you have chosen a piece of furniture that can be either powerful and dramatic, but also very easy to combine with.

Black furniture goes very well with neutral tones, such as green, red, yellow, but we recommend having them only as accent tones. So, if the room where you want to have your chair has these characteristics, black will be a perfect color for your Eames Lounge Chair.

Your black Eames chair will also combine with textures and patterns if you don’t want to add more colors and prefer to keep the palette simple. Perhaps a striped wall or a nice rug? Or maybe geometrical patterns on your pillows.

Combining the white Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman

white eames lounge chair

At Manhattan Home Design we also have the option for white leather for the Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman with a black base. If this is the color that you want to go for, then you should know that it will help the space where you put it in stand out very nicely. 

The colors that will match the most with your white furniture are pink, pale blue, gray, pastel green, chocolate, navy blue and mango orange.

Pink and white will give the sensation of romanticism. It is ideal for children’s bedrooms but also for your own bedroom if you want to have a more playful feel to it.

Pale blue and white will create a soothing atmosphere and a very relaxed feeling to the room. As for gray and white, it is a great combination for bedrooms and fits any kind of decoration that allows you to add more colors.

Another color that matches white very nicely is pastel green, which can be used in kitchens or bathrooms. However, we think it is unlikely that you will be having your Eames Lounge chair replica in any of these spaces!

Navy blue, as we mentioned above, looks very good with white furniture and the look you will get in the end will be very summer-like. Chocolate-decorated rooms also combine with the white Eames Lounge chair & Ottoman.

Finally, white furniture and a mango or orange room fit perfectly well and it is also a good combination for Feng Shui.

What colors match with the brown and antique brown Eames Lounge Chair?

brown eames lounge chair

For the brown and antique brown color options of the Eames Lounge chair reproduction, you should know that there are many options for decorating your room to go with it.

Mistakenly considered as a boring color, brown, when combined correctly, can be inspiring, cozy and sleek. Brown is a neutral color that can be very warm and versatile and the list of colors that go with it can be very large, but we’ve narrowed it down to ten options:

  1. White: White and brown create a very simple but nice combination. So, if the main color in your room is white, your brown chair will work marvelously with it. The feeling your decoration will give will be of a luxurious and highly welcoming ambiance.
  1. Blue: For blue rooms, brown furniture will make it look very modern and relaxing at the same time. It is a combination of the traditional with the modern.
  1. Fuchsia: If you are looking for a dramatic feeling in your room then fuchsia decoration with your brown Eames chair replica is just what you need. It will also add sophistication and personality to the area.
  1. Yellow: Yellow and brown compliment each other beautifully for an incredible aesthetic. A room where yellow is the main color will accessorize well with brown furniture.
  1. Mint: A mint room with a nice dose of brown will look incredibly sophisticated. So, if you are decorating with this color, brown furniture will give it the final touches you are looking for, especially if you like the fresh and organic vibe.
  1. Turquoise: Turquoise and brown is a very trendy combination and you can take it to the vintage level or to a more contemporary one.
  1. Gold: For an extremely luxurious look, combine your brown Eames Lounge chair with gold. If used in places such as a table lamp or designs on the floor, your chair and the room will have an expensive look to it.
  1. Orange: Orange and brown are a good match if you want a warm feeling to the room. The energy of the orange color, combined with the neutral brown will give your decoration a hipster, modern and sleek look.
  1. Rose: Your brown lounge chair will combine with a rose-colored room, especially if you are going for a feminine atmosphere. They go good together in living spaces and bedrooms.
  1. Copper: Finally, brown and copper will give your room a trendy and hip look. If you have copper accents in the room and you want an Eames chair, then go for the brown-colored one!

How to combine the cream Eames Lounge Chair

cream eames lounge chair

If you are in love with the cream-colored Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman choose complementary colors to make it stand out in the room you will be putting it in so that it can draw attention to it. 

Colors that go well with cream are yellow, purple, red, red, blue and orange, even though it seems to be very neutral, the truth is that not every color helps a piece of cream-colored furniture stand out the way it could.

Gray and cream can produce a calming effect, as well as lavender, which is cream’s complementary color. And, if you pair it with pure white, you will recognize the subtle difference of the cream shade.

Eames Lounge Chair: The Perfect Man Chair

Eames Lounge Chair: The Perfect Man Chair


I remember watching shows and movies like Frasier, Mad Men and Iron Man thinking of how the classic Eames Lounge Chair seemed like such a manly icon, the best-engineered chair in the world.

But what makes the Eames Lounge Chair such a manly chair? I’m sure there are very particular and crucial elements that set the Eames Lounge Chair apart and from other chairs as being more appealing to men.

Let’s examine what makes the Eames Lounge Chair the Perfect Man Chair.

And if you’re like Tony Stark, don’t settle for anything than an icon for your home. I bet you can find a great place to buy an Eames Lounge Chair in this blog.

It’s a comfortable chair

When a man chooses a chair, not to say anything, the first thing in his mind is the function he wants to fulfill. When it comes to a chair, it’s comfort. Most men love a high back so they can lean their head back to relax at the end of the day. The Eames Lounge Chair features a nice high back and an angled headrest, both softly padded. If Tony liked it … you probably will too.

Leather upholstery

Leather Jackets, Chesterfield Sofas, Business Briefcases, all icons of manhood… but what do they have in common? Yup, they’re made of leather and more leather. We’re interior designers, not psychologists, so we can’t tell you why but men love leather.

There is certainly something about the look, smell, and feel of real leather that is irresistible to most men. Maybe it’s a primal instinct from when we were hunters. Whatever it is, if it has a rich leather, we’ll love it. The Eames Lounge Chair is not an exception.

The Armrests

Notice how the Eames Lounge Chair has armrests that easily fit the body when sitting on the chair? A man can sit all the way back in this chair, and his hands won’t be dangling over the end of the armrests. And you know what are armrests good for too? Putting down drinks, books, sports magazines, TV remote, everything a man might need.

The Ottoman

Or, basically, a place to put your feet up. The Eames Lounge Chair is sleek, softly padded and perfect for putting his feet up after a long day. There’s no much more a man can ask from a lounge chair.

A generous size

No matter the size, most men like a lounge chair that is roomy. The Eames Lounge Chair is neither thick nor bulky, but it has a generous size. And if it isn’t enough for you, you can always get a bigger, Tall Edition. Any tall man may appreciate a chair that the right size for them.

Rugged Manly Looks

When looking at the style of a lounge chair, a man looks for one that is just as ruggedly handsome as he is… Or at least as he thinks he is or would like to be.

The rich wood accent around the outside of the Eames Lounge Chair will also add to the masculine appeal. And there are those full-length armrests again.

If a man’s home is his castle, his chair is his throne. The Eames Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames is hands down, the mid-century modern throne. What better chair for a man to sit in while enjoying his man-cave?

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


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


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 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


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!