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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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!

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.

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