“a special refuge from the strains of modern living”
This is a full and comprehensive guide to choosing the best Eames chair replica with regularly updated, in-depth reviews of each chair that we feature. We want you to know exactly what you are getting.
We will also talk about all the essential stuff you need to know about this iconic design, and other Eames replica stuff you may be just be wondering about – up for that?
Our recommendations are summed up in the table below. So if you want to skip all the other talk and just want to know which Eames chair replica to go for, they’re all right here in one place.
A Comparison Table for the Best Eames Chair Replica in the US
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|Our Top Choice|
Highest Quality and Most Faithful to the Original Design
|Mid-Century Plywood Chair by Urban Furnishing|
Full-Grain Semi-Aniline Leather Imported from Italy – the perfect combination of luxury and practicality.
Herman Miller style.
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|Highest-Quality Eames Chair Replica Alternative Pick||Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Decorific NYC|
Full Italian Aniline Leather – Pure luxury, and it just looks better with age, but bear in mind, the porous nature of full aniline leather does mean care should be taken to avoid water stains, etc.
This is the “Tall” version.
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|Best Mid Price Eames Chair Replica||1-inch Mid Century Eames Replica Plywood Lounge Chair & Ottoman|
A great mid-priced option, suitable for all – including young children and pets.
Herman Miller style.
See also the Furgle Lounge Chair and Ottoman below, which is made by the same manufacturer.
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|Best Mid Price Alternative Pick||Mid Century Lounge Chair with Ottoman by Rimdoc|
Another great Herman Miller style mid-priced option, again suitable for all – including young children and pets.
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|Another Worthy Mention||Furgle Lounge Chair and Ottoman|
This Herman Miller replica has only been available on Amazon since mid-Feb, which is most likely the reason why it hasn’t any customer reviews yet.
But the spec is remarkably similar to the 1 Inch chair, which we do know a lot about. I did a little digging and it turns out this one and the 1 Inch chair above, share the same parent company and are essentially the same chair.
We mention this because there are currently several options to choose from, so if you are interested in the 1 Inch chair, it’s definitely worth checking this one for additional color and veneer options.
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|Lowest Price Leather Option||Leather Recliner with Ottoman by ToMe|
This is a fabulous full leather budget option. What’s not to love?
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Table of Contents.
History of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
There are few chairs that have achieved a truly iconic status – not just in furniture design but in the world of modern art. The Eames chair with matching Ottoman – officially titled Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) – are well-deserving recipients of such acclaim. The original, mid-century modern, Eames lounge chair and ottoman still reside in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Designed by a husband and wife team, the chair and ottoman were released in 1956 after years of development. Charles and Ray Eames began working with molded plywood in the 1940s and the design of the lounge chair was based on Charles’s vision of a chair with the look of a “well-used first baseman’s mitt.” He intended for it to be “a special refuge from the strains of modern living.”
Why You Need an Eames Replica in Your Life
Arguably still the single most sought-after piece of mid-century modern furniture, the Eames lounge chair remains as popular with high-end interior designers as it is with so many of us, who, while we may not have the luxury of wealth, we do have unquestionably good taste – and so naturally love and appreciate the cool, classic design of the Eames chair and ottoman.
The best news I can give you is that these replicas are near identical to the real thing. And while authentic Eames lounge chairs command a price tag so tantalizingly out of reach for so many of us, good quality replica’s are built using the same materials – using the same techniques. What’s more, choosing a good replica will save you more than a few thousand dollars.
Will they feel as comfortable as a genuine Eames? To be perfectly honest, no, that’s something I cant promise. If you’ve ever had the chance to put your feet up in a real Eames chair, (Vitra or Miller) you will know there’s almost a cloud-like quality of fluffy buttery-ness that only throwing thousands of dollars at it will achieve.
But that doesn’t mean, however, that your replica won’t an absolute dream to sit and relax in. Why? Because the fundamental design of this chair is bar-none.
The materials and construction, as specified in the original design, when faithfully adhered to, are proof of the pure comfort this chair has to offer.
To that end, we’ve compiled this guide to the best Eames chair replicas out there, based on the quality of materials used, and faithfulness to the original authentic design.
Herman Miller Vs Vitra | A Quick Note on the Two Main Styles
Just so you know your Eames, while Herman Miller and Vitra Eames chairs are both authentic, Herman Miller’s version of the chair is ever so slightly closer to the original 1956 design and you can easily spot this by looking at the base.
It’s really a matter of personal preference, but if you want that authentic 1956 look then the Herman Miller replicas will probably appeal to you more – but don’t worry we’ll point out which version the chair is based on in our reviews.
Full Reviews of Our Top Picks for the Best Eames Chair Replica
Here are our full reviews.
Our Top Choice | Highest Quality and Most Faithful to the Original Design: Mid-Century Plywood Chair by Urban Furnishing
Our Top Choice | Highest Quality and Most Faithful to the Original Design
While admittedly this is not the cheapest one that we’ll be looking at in this guide, this Eames chair replica, is one of the most highly sought after replicas on the market – and for good reason.
This lounge chair and ottoman set is as close to the original Eames design as you can get – and it’s still several thousand dollars less than an official Herman Miller version.
Urban Furnishing have been manufacturing their Mid-Century Plywood Lounge Chair and Ottoman for close to 10 years and it’s safe to say they know what they are doing.
Almost identical to the original version of the Eames chair, this replica features the more classic, mid-century modern base of Herman Miller’s version of the Eames chair (this is opposed to Vitra’s more modern take on the original).
The minimalist style of the black, die-cast five-point aluminum base, which you can see in the picture above, was originally designed by Eames more than 60 years ago. So if you want to stay as authentic to the original 1956 design, this is the version to go for.
For a comparison between the two base styles, you can find that section in the table of contents above.
Upholstered in full-grain semi-aniline leather imported from Italy, the chair offers the perfect combination of quality and durability.
If you don’t know quite know what that means, don’t worry I’ll quickly explain:
- Aniline leather is the highest quality leather you can get – only a few percent of the world’s leather qualifies for this category. Aniline is a water-soluble dye. It soaks all the way through the leather to give the leather color and bring out the grain. It doesn’t, therefore, disguise any imperfections and that’s why only the finest quality Italian Napa leather can be used.
It ages beautifully but is sensitive to watermarks and grease stains, so it’s not the best choice for families with young children or pets.
- Top-grain aniline leather, on the other hand, has a fine coating of insoluble pigment on the surface of the leather. This means the quality of the leather doesn’t have to be quite so high (though it’s still a very high-quality leather). We can see this reflected in the lower price tag.
Top-grain aniline leather is less sensitive to water or grease marks making it a great choice for families with young children and pets.
For us, there are a couple of things that really make the Urban Furnishing chair and ottoman stand out from other cheap replicas out there.
One is that while lower quality chairs have fixed cushions, often just stapled in place, this chair comes with high resilience PU-injected foam cushions that are removable – you simply unhook them from the shell.
Just as in the original chair (which also has hooks to detach the cushions) it allows for easy cleaning, replacement, or even re-stuffing or recovering at some point in years to come.
Secondly, in our opinion, the attention to detail puts others in the shade. This can be seen when you remove the cushions. The 7-ply, real wood grain veneer shell, (kiln-dried to prevent warping and cracking) is veneered both inside and out.
Additional details, often lacking in lesser quality replicas, include rubber shock mounts underneath the armrests and also between the head and the backrest to allow for flexibility, deep buttons to create a that famous Eames flower crease, as well as the 15-degree fixed tilt and 360-degree swivel which are stipulated in the original design.
Available in an impressively wide range of color options – this is something you generally only get with a real Eames – this replica is also available in a Tall Version. This adds an extra 2.5″ to the hight, which if you are taller, you may find more comfortable.
Chair = 32.75″W x 32.75″D x 32.0″H
Ottoman = 26.0″W x 21.5″D x 17.25″H
Chair = 32.75″W x 34.5″D x 34.5″H
Ottoman = 26.0″W x 21.5″D x 17.25″H
What We Like:
- Faithful to the Original Design | This is an excellent reproduction of the Herman Miller Eames chair.
- Removable Cushions | While lower quality chairs have fixed cushions, often just stapled in place, this chair comes with high resilience PU-injected foam cushions that are removable, simply unhook them from the shell.
- The Shell is Veneered both Inside and Out | The attention to detail is outstanding on this chair.
- Upholstered in Full-Grain Semi-Aniline Leather | Imported from Italy, the chair offers the perfect combination of quality and durability. It’s also less sensitive to water and grease stains than full aniline leather.
- 7-ply Wooden Veneers | Kiln dried as in the original. Also available in a choice of different woods.
Buying Factors to Consider:
If you’re looking for a high-quality Eames style chair without the super high price tag that comes with an original Eames then this is a great option to go for. It may not be as super soft and buttery as a real Eames but nothing short of a real Eames would be. And this is a nice, well made, comfortable chair.
Highest-Quality Eames Chair Replica Alternative Pick: Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Decorific NYC
This is the Tall version
This is an exceptionally high-quality chair and a faithful reproduction of the original Eames lounge chair.
In fact, we were so impressed with this chair back in January 2020 when we were compiling this guide, that it was originally our top pick.
However, it was so popular, it sold out months ago. Now it’s back, at least for the time being – all be it with a limited number of options.
It doesn’t come in as many colors, wood veneers, or different grades of leather that our top choice does. That said, it is, currently, available in this gorgeous white.
And like our top choice, this chair, has so many details in common with the original design. Details you just wouldn’t get with a cheap Eames replica.
Assembled by hand, this Vitra replica is upholstered in 100% full Aniline Italian leather and that includes the piping and buttons.
That means, there is no coating of paint on the top of the leather to add color or disguise the markings or imperfections that a lesser quality leather would have.
The leather is dyed all the way through, using only aniline dye, so the quality of leather used is in the top few percent of the world’s leather suitable for this process.
Like our top choice, (and also the original) the individually upholstered cushions are and interchangeable fully removable. A discrete non-salient zipper allows for easy cleaning and upholstery. This is an attention to detail you’ll only find in the very best Eames chair replicas.
The shells on this chair are made from a durable 7-ply, cross-grained wood veneer which prevents the wood from warping or cracking, and the cast aluminum five-star base allows for the 360° swivel function (which is an integral part of the original design).
Lastly, and again true to the original, the chair has a fixed backward tilt of 15° and silicone shock mounts connect the head and backrest to allow for maximum flexibility.
- Full-grain Italian aniline leather – sourced exclusively from Italy.
- High-density removable cushions with discrete zippers for future reupholster, cleaning, or foam replacement.
- FAS certified authentic hardwood shell and a steel base.
- Silicone shocks, 15° tilt, and 360° swivel – of course!
This is a stunning reproduction of the original and amazing value for the money. The only thing we should point out is that due to the exceptionally high quality of the natural leather, you need to take care not to scratch it, or let it get water, or grease-stained.
So again this option may not be the best choice for homes with young children or pets and if that applies to you, you should consider our top grain aniline leather choice.
Check the latest price and color options for the Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Decorific NYC on Amazon.
Best Mid-Price Eames Chair Replica: Mid Century Lounge Chair with Ottoman by I Inch
Best Mid Price Eames Chair Replica
This is another very good Eames chair replica and very close to the original.
While it’s not made from as fine quality leather as the previous choice we’ve looked at, it is priced accordingly – and maybe more practical in terms of durability and scratch resistance for homes with young families and pets.
Unlike many cheap copies that are made from faux leather or leatherette, this one is made from high-quality leather, machine-stitched to a high standard.
It features 7-ply high-density natural laminated wood in a choice of wood veneers including walnut, palisander, and black ash (an alternative to ebony) all of which are variations of the original.
It has the natural incline of the authentic chair, to the correct fixed angle of 15 degrees.
You can choose between normal size or choose between upgrade 1 or upgrade 2. These sizes are somewhat confusing as there is very little difference between them except to say upgrade 1 is taller than the normal size and upgrade 2 is wider. To give you more an idea you can see the sizes in the table below.
Whichever you choose they are very similar but generally an inch or so larger than the original. The original also has a choice of size between classic and tall, (which measures 33.5″ high).
What We Like:
- High-Quality Genuine Leather | Many replicas in this price range aren’t made from leather at all.
- Well-Made and Close to the Original | It would take an expert to know it’s not authentic unless, that is, you get very close and look for clues.
- Good Price | This one, depending on the color and finish is very affordable and reasonably priced, especially considering it comes as a chair and ottoman set.
Buying Factors to Consider:
It won’t feel quite as soft as our first choice but as a reproduction of the mid-century iconic Eames, it would make a stunning centerpiece to any living space, as well as a relaxing and comfortable place to lie back and put your feet up.
It’s well-made, built to last, and nicely finished, complete with tufting and buttons.
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Best Mid-Price Alternative Pick: Mid Century Lounge Chair with Ottoman by Rimdoc
Best Mid Price Alternative Pick. Also available in the UK
We wanted to include the Rimdoc in our top picks and there really is nothing between this one and the Eames chair replica we have just looked at.
The only difference being that 1 inch version featured above has additional size choices.
The Rimdoc is equivalent to “normal 1” in 1 Inch’s table.
For that reason, we won’t go into details on this one as the spec is just the same. It too, is made from high-quality machine-stitched leather. It also features a 7-layer plywood frame and a coated black aluminum base.
UPDATE: Rimdoc have added a cheaper PU leather option. Please do check which version you have selected before buying. PU isn’t leather but some may prefer it.
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Another Worthy Mention: Furgle Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Another Worthy Mention
This one has only recently become available on Amazon.
Usually, I would want to see multiple customer reviews as well as questions answered, by other customers, or by the manufacturing company themselves before I would include them in a review.
After some investigating, it turns out that’s not the case here, this chair is owned by the same company that also owns the 1 Inch brand. And indeed, the spec details show that this is in fact the same chair.
For that reason, I won’t go into any details. But I wan’ted to give this one a mention because these replicas are extremely popular and tend to sell out very quickly. At the time of writing there are several leather color and veneer options to choose from so it’s worth taking a look.
Suffice to say it’s another great option if you want a faithful reproduction of the Eames chair but don’t want to go overboard on price with high-end aniline leather.
What We Like:
- Great Value for Money | This is a full leather chair and ottoman, and it’s in the same price range as many PU versions out there.
- Well-Made and Close to the Original | The spec is very close to the original design including the 7-ply plywood shell, and swivel with a 15-degree tilt.
Check the latest price and color options for the Furgle Lounge Chair and Ottoman on Amazon.
Lowest Price Leather Option: Leather Recliner with Ottoman by ToMe
Lowest Price Option
This is a great low price budget option to go for. Unlike may replica chairs, in this price range (the Barcelona chair replica budget options being a case in point), this replica actually retains the look of the original Eames.
The fact that it stays faithful to the original Herman Miller Eames design down to black coated aluminum five-point base means there’s nothing cheap looking about it.
For us what makes this one stand out from others in this price range is that it’s not made from PU or fake leather, it’s actually made with real leather upholstery.
Where it does differ from the others we’ve looked at – and indeed from the original design is that instead of the traditional 7- layer plywood frame stipulated in the rules for the modern authentic Eames design it has a somewhat unusual 8 -layer plywood shell.
Draw from that what you will, to us it indicates the plywood is possibly thinner or of lower quality and the extra layer is there to compensate so the shell’s sturdiness isn’t comprised.
That said, if you were to compare this one with the higher quality replicas it wouldn’t look out of place. The shell is made by hand, the cushioning consists of a memory foam filling, and the chair even has the rubber shock mount detail, connecting the head and backrest that high end, and indeed the original chair all have.
What We Like:
- Good Value For Money | It’s a good copy that’s stayed faithful to the original design. For that reason, there’s nothing cheap looking about it and it is good value for the price.
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Best Eames Lounge Chair Replica for Canada: FPlus Lounge Chair with Ottoman
Best Eames Lounge Chair Replica for Canada
If you are in Canada, the FPlus Lounge Chair with Ottoman is the absolute best Eames replica to go for.
It’s a superb reproduction of the Eames Vitra chair – without the prohibitive price tag that comes with a real Eames.
There are 3 leather options to suit your budget and preference, and there’s also a good choice of color and plywood veneer options to choose from.
Plus you’ll be able to take advantage of the free shipping available across the country.
Next, we will take a look at the details that make this reproduction such a good choice.
But just before we do that, in case you skipped straight down to this section, here’s a quick reminder of the different grades of high-quality leather that you get with only the best replica Eames chairs.
- The leather used to make top grain is one of the finest qualities of leather in the world. Second only to that used for full aniline leather. Top grain aniline leather is a natural full-grain Italian leather, dyed with an Aniline dye to add color, condition the leather, and bring out the natural beauty of the grain. To further enhance the look and durability, a thin coating of non-water-soluble pigment is then applied over the top.
The coating makes it more water and grease stain-resistant as well as more durable so top grain aniline leather is suitable for everyday use in homes with younger families.
- Full aniline leather is of the highest quality leather in the world. It only looks more beautiful as it ages. It doesn’t, have that coating so the natural pattern of the grain, and texture come through – hence the superior quality of leather needed to produce it.
The lack of coating, however, means it’s not protected from water and grease marks – and this makes it less suitable for young families.
Whichever grade of leather suits your lifestyle best, you will find each FPlus chair is made to the highest standard. The cushions are lock-stitched (#301) with braided thread for the strongest seams and neatest piping you can get.
The seat pads are PU injected and then Dacron-wrapped for added comfort and breathability.
It goes without saying that with a chair of this quality, the cushions aren’t stapled to the frame as they are with many cheap copies. These cushions are (just as in the original), fully removable.
The 7ply plywood shell is kiln-dried to prevent warping or cracking. And true to the original design, the shell is made only from the best cuts from the log with minimal knots – sourced exclusively from USA, Canadian and Brazilian companies.
The 5 point base die-cast aluminum base is a replica of the Vitra Eames lounge chair, and there is a rubber shock mount plating underneath the armrest and the back of the chair to prevent the shell from cracking.
And just so you know, no tedious setup is required with this replica. Unlike many replica Eames chairs on the market, that require two people and a lengthy assembly process, this chair is shipped already fully assembled – and that’s actually a pretty big deal.
What We Like:
- It’s an Exceptionally High-Quality Reproduction | This is an excellent reproduction of the Vitra Eames chair – and there are 3 leather options to choose from: full-grain, top-grain, or vintage.
- It Comes with Removable Cushions | While most lower quality chairs have fixed cushions, (usually just stapled in place) this lounge chair comes with high resilience PU-injected foam cushions that are removable.
- The Shell is Veneered both Inside and Out | Again the attention to detail is outstanding on this chair.
- 7-ply Wooden Veneers | Kiln dried as in the original. Also available in a choice of different wooden veneers.
Check the latest price and color options for FPlus Lounge Chair with Ottoman on Furnish Plus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is an Eames chair comfortable?
Eames chairs are in fact, very comfortable. Released in 1956 after years in the development stage, the Eames lounge chair, and ottoman was intended to have the look and feel of a “well-used first baseman’s mitt.”
The chair’s ergonomic design follows the natural contours of the body and incorporates a permanent recline or semi-reclined position, it was designed for comfort not just to be cool and admired.
Does the Eames chair recline?
The original Eames chair has a recline that is built into the design. It was specifically designed in a tilted position in order to take the weight off the lower back. It doesn’t, however, recline. The tilt is fixed to an angle of 15 degrees.
How is the Eames chair made?
The Eames chair consists of three cushioned shells with wooden veneers, a seat, a back, and a headrest, which gives the chair its floating appearance. Each shell is made up of 7 layers of molded plywood, though the original chair was designed with only 5.
Originally the cushion’s fillings were “all feathers and down”. Today, however, authentic Eames chairs are filled with 6″ of urethane foam and upholstered with high-quality leather including two tufted buttons to each cushion. The seat and the ottoman cushion are the same size and interchangeable with each other.
The base has 5 legs for the chair, and 4 for the ottoman.
Additionally, the chair is able to swivel 360° and has a fixed recline of 15°.
These are the products that didn’t quite make our top picks, but they’re still pretty good so you might like to take a look: Tall Version This is a tall version of the Eames chair. It’s 33.5 inches high. They have “upgraded” the shell to 8-layer plywood. But that’s like saying we painted a perfect Rembrandt self-portrait replica, but we didn’t like how he did noses so we’ve improved on it. Hmmm Key Features: High-Quality Aniline Leather This is not a cheap option but it’s still several thousand dollars less than the original. It’s an excellent reproduction. Key Features: Complete Your Eames Look Made for children, this 8″ tall genuine Vitra Eames elephant would make a cool addition to any living space. It’s a lovely gift idea. It’s actually affordable for the real thing. Key Features: Eames Replica Bird This is a very affordable replica of the Bird popularised by Eames. First made in 1910 the Eames’s had one in their home. It’s beautiful, definitely on my shopping list! Key Features: Or you could needle felt one of your own. Vitra Eames Mobile For a cool mid-century look, this genuine Virta Eames mobile designed in 1941 is very moderately priced. Key Features: Baby’s First Eames You are never too young for culture. Key Features: And if you’d like free printable mid-century modern wall art, to complete your look, you are welcome to download some from my printable page – all my printables are free, and no sign-up is required.
Other Eames Replicas We’ve Reviewed:
These are the products that didn’t quite make our top picks, but they’re still pretty good so you might like to take a look:
This is a tall version of the Eames chair. It’s 33.5 inches high. They have “upgraded” the shell to 8-layer plywood.
But that’s like saying we painted a perfect Rembrandt self-portrait replica, but we didn’t like how he did noses so we’ve improved on it. Hmmm
High-Quality Aniline Leather
This is not a cheap option but it’s still several thousand dollars less than the original. It’s an excellent reproduction.
Complete Your Eames Look
Made for children, this 8″ tall genuine Vitra Eames elephant would make a cool addition to any living space. It’s a lovely gift idea. It’s actually affordable for the real thing.
Eames Replica Bird
This is a very affordable replica of the Bird popularised by Eames. First made in 1910 the Eames’s had one in their home. It’s beautiful, definitely on my shopping list!
Or you could needle felt one of your own.
Vitra Eames Mobile
For a cool mid-century look, this genuine Virta Eames mobile designed in 1941 is very moderately priced.
Baby’s First Eames
You are never too young for culture.
And if you’d like free printable mid-century modern wall art, to complete your look, you are welcome to download some from my printable page – all my printables are free, and no sign-up is required.