Eames obsession

Now that we’re about to be homeowners, with much more square footage to fill, I’ve started lustily browsing new furniture. I came across and subsequently fell in love with a new (to me) furniture designer — or rather, design duo — Charles and Ray Eames. Specifically, I’m obsessed with their office chairs.

I stumbled upon this red leather lobby chair at one of my favorite web shops, and I was in love. A bit more research and poking around helped me discover even more Eames hits, namely the Aluminum Group and the Soft Pad Group. Obviously, these are highly pricey designer pieces — for goodness sake, the MoMA shop sells them, so you know they ain’t cheap. But I’m pleased to report that I found several sources of seemingly decent-quality knockoffs!

Crate and Barrel has this leather “Ripple” chair in ivory and black, CB2 (a modern cousin of Crate and Barrel) has a green cotton soft pad knockoff, and Z Gallerie has a couple vinyl knockoffs. I think I like the ivory C&B ones best… I mean, aside from an actual Herman Miller red leather Aluminum Exec for me, and a matching Management for my Loveb.ug clients to sit in. I’ll never be able or willing to shell out for the real thing! But knockoffs or not, I’m excited to learn more about this design school, and to find more mid-century modern knockoffs now that we have a house to furnish!

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