Someday, I Will Own an Authentic Eames Lounge...Until Then, This Will Do Just Fine.

Someday, I Will Own an Authentic Eames Lounge...Until Then, This Will Do Just Fine.

The Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) set by Herman Miller is, to me, not only the most iconic piece of mid-century design, but the most perfect piece of furniture. Ever. And a new one in cherry or walnut start at $3,000, and a 50th anniversary chair in Santos Palisander rosewood starts at about $4,500, with authentic vintage chairs fetching that much or more.

My new-to-me Frank Doerner copy, on the other hand, cost me just over $100. I just happen to look on Craigslist at the right time, where it had been posted only seconds ago by a man who'd purchased it at a garage sale. He didn't really seem to know about its Herman Miller-produced predecessor, as whenever I said "Eames" or "mid-century," he just looked confused.

No, it's not a real one. To the trained eye, it doesn't really even look like one: the base has only four legs, not five, and it has chrome hardware instead of black. There are many visible screws, it reclines, and generally just sits at a different angle.

But I sit in it, and I never wanna get up. And for now...that's good enough.



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bruno on May 14, 2014:

@anonymous, perhaps you just skimmed the post, but that's the point. The whole post is about who this is a replica, and he'd eventually like to get a real one, but this one's good enough for now.

Anonymous on May 14, 2014:

The picture you have on this post is a replica ;)

memol74 on Aug 17, 2011:

Great chair, but holy **** the wall in the background is blowing my mind! Awesome!

jen blue on Jun 28, 2010:

I purchased our Doerner at a thrift shop in Mansfield,OH with the ottoman for $3.99. Love the website.

Ricky on May 02, 2010:

I just purchased a doerner too.  Does your chair squeak a bit?  I'm trying to figure out how to adjust it

Amy on Mar 21, 2010:

My husband and I scored a Plycraft Mr. Chair at an estate sale last year for $30! The son of the deceased woman asked us why we would want such a crazy looking "hippie chair". I am so glad that there are people like him in the world because our chair is now the most prized possession in our home! The real thing would be nice, but we will be happy to settle with our knock off, too!

Lesley @ The Design File on Mar 18, 2010:

Good for you! I know some people shake their heads at knockoffs. Not me! I also covet a real Eames lounger. I absolutely love them. They are amazing. However, I don't think I'll ever be able to afford one or be able to justify one. So I would have snapped this up too. And loved every minute of it!

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