July 08, 2015

Most Popular Question: Is my Eames chair real?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get on our contact form from new clients is whether their Eames lounge chair is authentic. Or, they think it is, and we have to break the news that it is in fact not authentic.



We originally ran this post in 2011 - but a good refresher is always in order! Here are the essentials:

  • All real Eames chairs are made in plywood, with cherry, walnut, santos palisander or rosewood veneers.
  • A real Eames Lounge Chair will have a five-legged base, and the Ottoman will have four legs. The bases should be die-cast.
  • The cushions for the ottoman and seat cushions for the chair should be the exact same size, and the leather should be soft.
  • The armrests should be slightly curved, not flat, and should have a separate piece of leather wrapped around the edge.
  • Finally, all originals do not have any visible screws or bolts, and should have natural rubber shock mounts and adjustable stainless steel glides.
NOT real!

NOT real!


If there is ever a questions about the authenticity of your chair, feel free to give us a call, or email us at info@classicdesignla.com. 

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