Retailer Comparison

Eames Chair Replica Company Comparison

This page provides a quick summary of each of the retailers that carry or produce the Eames Lounge Chair Replica.   The information is gathered from direct contact with the companies representative and my findings online.  This is where you can find out which companies are reputable in producing the Eames and which companies hide behind their online sites.

DISCLAIMER

This is a personal weblog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer.  In addition, my thoughts and opinions change from time to time…I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind. This weblog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point in time snapshot and manifestation of the various memes running around my brain, and as such any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not the same, nor even similar, to those I may hold today.  Comments are active feel free to leave your opinion, there is no moderation and I welcome everyone to speak their minds freely.

 

ManhanttanHomeDesign / Barcelona-Designs

( Same company, click to read detailed blog post of retailer and actual conversation with rep )

**UPDATE*** A user submitted this to me about Manhattan home design out right lying to their customers on their website claiming things are produce in USA.  As you can see from my reviews they carry the same chair as 3-4 other retailers and previously on my live chat with them they told me it was made from Taiwain. 

Manhattan Home Design Ripoff Report Here

Please read the entire article especially reviews from their actual employees admitting the boss got them to engage in shady practices. ( reviews can be found directly here )

Production of chair : China

Leather origin: China

Rubber Shock Mount: Not original neoprene shock mount, not original construction with 2 metal plates.

Assembly: Yes requires assembly of the arms and foot rest

Exclusive Chair?: No, Eternitymodern.com, Modern-Source.com, EmFurn.com, ModernInDesigns.com all sell the same chair.  Please refer to the base of the chair and you will see all of these retailers carry the same base produce out of the same factory.

Picture and Content: Pictures seem to be original and taken from this company

Reviews Analysis: This retailer probably has some of the worst reviews I have found all over the internet.  Out of 1 decent review there would be 3-4 bad ones.

Notable Reviews: 

1/5 STARS

DO NOT BUY ANYTHING from this “company”!   It’s impossible to speak to a human.  My wife and daughter bought me an “Eames” type chair for $1150 (approx.) in early June.  It was shipped to me in Maryland and it was totally impossible to assemble. The threading on the screws did not align with the holes in the chairs.  I had to rethread all the screws to attach to the holes.  The chair was TOTALLY uncomfortable!!!! I followed the instructions to return the chair.  Get this………..I had to repack the chair in an outer box in addition to a new one.  I went to Fed Ex and for $210 I packed it and had it shipped to their New Jersey warehouse.  I have a written receipt and as of today 6/25/2014 am STILL awaiting credit (which was promised within 48 hours of receipt) to my credit card. If you want to aggravate yourself THUS is the company to use.  If you want to purchase something from them…rethink it!!! As bad customer service as I have ever had to deal with in my adult life of over 45 years.

review taken from http://www.yelp.com/biz/manhattan-home-design-manhattan-3

 

 1/5 STARS

“Don’t fool yourself in thinking you are buying a high-end design item on the cheap. You just can’t get away fro getting what you pay for. You MUST sacrifice quality in materials and workmanship, there just sin’t any way around it. My Eames chair arrived with split veneer, and one arm rest was significantly higher than the other. The leather and padding were stiff and not supple. Looks good but if you accept the premise of getting what you pay you might find the stuff acceptable. “

review taken from http://www.resellerratings.com/store/manhattanhomedesign

 

Pictures of their chair found online

Immediately the thing i have to pin point is the tufting in the cushions.  With no deep flowering you are not going to get the same comfort as the original Eames Lounge Chair.  Another off point is the base used, this is not the original base that was used and produced in North America.   The chair also seems to be much too up right from this viewing.

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EMFurn

( click to read detailed blog post of retailer and actual conversation with rep )

Production of chair : China

Leather originChina

Rubber Shock Mount: Not original neoprene shock mount, not original construction with 2 metal plates.

AssemblyYes requires assembly of the arms and foot rest

Exclusive Chair?No, Eternitymodern.com, Modern-Source.com, ManhattanHomeDesign.com, Barcelona-Designs.com, ModernInDesigns.com all sell the same chair.  Please refer to the base of the chair and you will see all of these retailers carry the same base produce out of the same factory.

Picture and Content: 99% of the product pictures are not their own,  I found many duplicate pictures online of their Eames Lounge Chair from other retailers.

Reviews Analysis: Seems this retailer is too small to garner any reviews at all on any sites, although I did find one from ripoffreport.

 

Notable Reviews: 

This is my EMFURN review I first purchased a Eames Lounge Chair from this company after reading some threads on Apartmenttherapy.  I initially was hesitant as it seemed like spam and was coming from their employee.  Anyways their price point was too attractive and along with free shipping really sealed the deal. I pulled the trigger and got the chair from them in about 2 weeks. The box was badly mangled when it came and the cardboard quality was quite bad already.  I opened the box and to my surprise the chair was OKay!! But another surprise came when it looked like I had to assemble the chair, it came with the tools and screws and I had to conenct the back to the seat and the base to the seat.  Fitment was a problem right off the bat and it seemed like the holes didnt line up on the armest and I had to really force it to align. While assembling I noticed the leather was peeling off in some places and first thought it was just dirt but as I peeled away it looked like to me the leather was fake!! Before I could finish assembling I decided to call them and see what the return was sinec they guaranteed money back if i’m not satisfied. I was astonished to find they were going to bill me for 30% restocking fee and I would have to ship it back to them at my cost and would not be refunded shipping. I am writing this report to warn everyone that they indeed are a rip off and do not do business with them.  Their are just too many companies flooding the market was low quality replicas. Their are definitelky some reputable companies out there you just have to do your research! I have sinec found one.

review taken from http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Emfurn-Reviews/internet/Emfurn-Reviews-Emfurn-Elite-Modern-Furniture-Terrible-quality-Terrible-Policies-and-Ter-1153359

 

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SerenityLivingStores / IFN-Modern

( Same Company, click to read detailed blog post of retailer and actual conversation with rep )

Production of chair : China

Leather originChina

Rubber Shock Mount: Not original neoprene shock mount, not original construction with 2 metal plates.

AssemblyYes requires assembly of the foot base

Exclusive Chair?:  Unknown at this time

Picture and ContentA few pictures found were stolen from Rove Concepts and Voga.  This is a huge red flag, any company that needs to copy content from another retailer is a company everyone should avoid.

Reviews AnalysisOver 99% of reviews are 5 stars with little to no substance on the reviews regarding the actual service and details of the product.  There are tons of companies out there that help companies post fake reviews online and these generic 5 star reviews are very suspicious.  I did manage to find a couple genuine reviews on resellerratings and yelp posted below.

Notable Reviews:

1/5 STARS

Took delivery to my home in CO and their chairs are terrible. I bought 4 chairs based on a few good reviews but I promise the chairs are nothing like the authentic from serenity and the chairs are missing parts. The leathee doesn’t feel authentic either. Never again.

review taken from http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Serenity_Living_Stores_Serenity_Living_Inc

 

3/5 STARS

I took a gamble purchasing such an expensive item from an online furniture store that I never heard of.  I was so excited to find a replica of the Eames Lounge Chair.   The original costs $5000. I did a comparison on the web and collected lots of leather samples.  Serenity Living had the best match with my décor.  Their replica of the Eames Lounge Chair came in at $1220 (no taxes and free shipping), with a coupon discount (full retail is $1295). I placed my order and a few days later was told that the leather color, grain and wood selection that I wanted was not in stock and I would have to wait 6-8 weeks.  I was really upset about this because when I placed the order the website did not indicate that what I wanted was out of stock.  I was asked if I wanted the chair in a completely  different color combination.  Why would I spend so much money for a color I didn’t order originally?  I thought it was bizarre that they would make such an offer.   Anyway, I decided to wait the 6-8 weeks.  My order came 6 weeks later.  No White Glove delivery here.  This puppy came in a big old cardboard box via FedEx.   It came with screws, an Allen wrench but no assembly instructions. It was very easy to assemble.  It also did not come with any instructions for care and upkeep.  The scale and size fits well in a small-mid sized room. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase.  I  do love my Eames Lounge Chair.  Great quality.  There is a slight variation in the leather from the swatch color I was provided.  The chair itself is very comfortable.  However, I don’t see how it could accommodate a large sized person.  I have an small-medium athletic build and it’s perfect for me.   If your looking for a man cave chair, it would have to be for a small to medium sized man. Serenity Living doesn’t seem to be a big operation.  Their customer service is ok and responsive when you take the initiative to make inquiries.  I do like their selection of mid-century modern furniture.  However, I think I will shop locally for future items.  It’s more peace of mind to look your sales person in the eye.

review taken from http://www.yelp.ca/biz/serenity-living-inc-richmond

 

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ZuffaHome

( click to read detailed blog post of retailer and actual conversation with rep )

Production of chair : China

Leather originChina

Rubber Shock Mount: No Rubber shock mount.

AssemblyNo Assembly required

Exclusive Chair? No, Kardiel.com, InstyleModern.com and Lexmod.com sells the same chair on amazon.

Picture and Content99% of the product pictures are not their own,  I found other retailer pictures here and it is very easy to spot if you see each picture the chair is different.

Reviews AnalysisSeems this retailer is too small to garner any reviews at all on any sites, although I did find one from ripoffreport.

Notable Reviews:

Zuffa Home uses fake images on their site stolen from many other websites to promote their products.  I am not sure how this business practice is good sinec they have a show room and can not hide from their quality.  I bought a couple chairs from their site online and when it was delivered I was so disapointted.  They did not allow for a refund unless I shipped the chairs that they falsely advertised back to them.  And even then i would be subject to a restocking fee   I decided to pay a visit to their showroom in the Vanier distrct and was astonished that everything they show online they do not actually carry in the showroom. First the Eames Lounge Chair is probably the lowest quality I have seen, aboslutely no flex, no tufing in the cushions the chair reminded me some of the early knock offs in the 90s.  The chair can be bought from china from a mass factory for less than $200. All of their pieces are also uses bonded leather and at best a cheap corrected grain.  People need to inspect their items carefully in the showroom and look into the details of quality. I would steer clear away from this sketchy company if you plan to buy off their website.  Go see things in their showroom.  It is ran by two 20 something year olds that are trying to rip people off.

review taken from http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Zuffa-Home-Review-Scammers/Ottawa-British-Columbia-k1L-6e8/Zuffa-Home-Review-Scammers-Zuffahome-Zuffa-Home-Review-Scam-Fraud-Ottawa-Ontario-1157138

 

Pictures of their eames in the showroom.

As you can see the actual item does not look like their website pictures.  The curvature of each cushions are way off. There is literally not tufting on the cushions.  The width between the buttons on the cushions are also way too close. The arms are droopy and are not the original shape.  Probably one of the worst looking replica in my opinion.

 

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