Eames Lounge Chair: How to Choose the Best One for You

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An Eames Lounge Chair is a great, versatile way to bring new life to any modern living room. Whether you’re looking for an iconic piece or just somewhere warm and inviting for you to sit, you can rest assured the Eames Lounge Chair got you covered. However, to get the perfect Eames Lounge Chair chair for your needs, it’s best to consider not only its looks but its purpose and location and many other details. This article is meant to help you choose between all the available variables and find the best Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman for you.

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

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From the classic gentlemen’s clubs and enhanced by Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are mid-century modern design icons that have been pivotal decorating pieces in America’s homes for over 60 years. The premium Italian or aniline leather upholstery will wear beautifully over time, developing a rich patina and becoming softer every time you sit.

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is one of the most famous mid-century modern pieces. Its form and functionality have made it one of the most sought after pieces in modern history. This iconic design can be found in popular films, television shows, businesses and thousands of residences across the globe.

Its original designers, Charles and Ray Eames, had intended to give it the look and feel of a well worn first baseball mitt. It led to the creation of the Manhattan Home Design Lounge Chair and Ottoman, featuring your choice of multiple leather finishes, high-density cushions, and imported veneers. Whether you are craving that Mad Men look, or are looking to outfit your living room with a modern design, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is the right choice for you.

We have expert Eames Lounge Chair Dealers, stores like Barcelona Designs and Manhattan Home Design, a small business in NYC and one of the fastest-growing companies in America, come in.

Take into account the chair’s purpose

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First, think of the room in which you want to place your Eames Lounge Chair. Is it your bedroom, the living room or simply a hallway? If you are planning to place the Eames Lounge Chair in a hallway it will probably turn out to be more of a decorative piece and remain untouched. That’s good if you want to preserve your Eames Lounge Chair replica in good shape for a long period of time. On the other hand, if you are placing the Eames Lounge Chair in the living room, rest assured that the quality of our faithful reproductions can take the amount of use they’ll receive in this room.

For example, if you have children, pets, or friends with a penchant for destruction, you’ll want a chair that’s durable and practical. However, if you live alone and want to make a statement, maybe you’d prefer a chair that’s more artistic than practical. Our Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman replica are good for both scenarios.

What’s the best place for your Eames Lounge Chair?

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A great lounge chair like the Eames Lounge Chair should make a room more inviting, not clutter it up unnecessarily and block movement. Plan out where you want the Eames Lounge Chair to go before buying it. For example, if you are looking for some extra seating in a small living room, consider separating the Eames Lounge Chair from its ottoman and face them face inwards to create an inviting conversational area and an additional seating choice.

Or try placing your Eames Lounge Chair in a corner or next to a window to create a reading nook. This works especially well in a bedroom, too.

Knowing where you will place your Eames Lounge Chair can also help you decide on size and style in the future.

Consider your Size

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Did you know there’s a Tall Edition of our Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman Replica? There are many factors that can affect the size of your Eames Lounge Chair, but the most important for us is your comfort. The Eames Lounge Chair Tall Edition is meant for taller people who need to be comfortable in their chairs.

Not only do you need to think about your size, but the size of the room and the height and width of your other furniture and the people who use it. For example, your Eames Lounge Chair should sit at the same height as your sofa and other chairs.

Pick a Suitable Upholstery Choice

One of the most prominent features of the Eames Lounge Chair is its leather upholstery. The original Eames lounge chair is a leather object. Yes, you can find other versions or replicas of the Eames Lounge Chair with fabric upholstery like wool or even mohair, but this would be incredibly difficult and, for some people, completely outrageous.

That being said, whenever you’re considering buying our Eames Lounge Chair replica will find themselves overwhelmed by features like “leatherette” or “aniline leather”. What do they mean? What kind of leather should you get for the upholstery of an Eames Lounge Chair? Let’s find out.

Aniline Leather

In one line, Aniline leather is real leather treated with special dyes. Eames Lounge Chair that uses aniline leather maintains the leather hide’s original marks, shapes, and imperfections, in most cases. And we say in most cases because that’s one thing that sets bad quality knock offs from high-quality reproductions, stores like Manhattan Home Design inspect each hide piece for imperfections before they start the manufacturing process. 

Eames Lounge Chairs replicas in high-quality aniline leather can feel exquisite and look stylish, and since it’s real leather it will develop a certain patina with time. People who know about home design usually prefer this fading as an indicator of good taste and authenticity. Aniline leather will retain the mark if you scratch it with your fingernail but, over time, those markings will blend together with usage and add to the all-natural look and feel that distinguishes a regular leather recliner from a lifetime work of art.

If you’re still not sure Aniline Leather is for you, you can try several semi-aniline types of leather that still feel natural to the touch but are flatter and more scratch-resistant.

Italian Leather

Italian leather is well known as the very best not only in the furniture design industry but in the fashion industry as well. Italian leather is highly desired for its quality. The very best craftsmanship and care go into manufacturing Eames Lounge Chairs replicas that feature Italian leather than almost any other comparable leather product and that means only the best quality hides are used.

Given that Italian Leather isn’t mass-produced, it takes much longer to make than cheaper alternatives. If you are interested in buying an Eames Lounge Chair with Italian leather upholstery but you’re not sure if you should, we’ve summarized some important facts that show why Italian leather is the best around and why you should choose to purchase it:


Leatherette has been suffering from a bad rep for a long time due to the fact that it is, actually, not real leather. We hear you, in a world that puts so much value on authenticity, exclusivity, and elegance, not having the real deal is definitely a bad thing. 

But depending on your values and principles, there might be more important things for you. One of the most important advantages of leatherette is that it’s eco-friendly. Since Leatherette is a synthetic material made from vinyl, it doesn’t contain any animal by-products. That means no animals were hurt during the manufacturing of your Eames Lounge Chair replica, and that’s something a lot of people put great value on.

Picking the Right Color

Most people are only familiar with the classic color choices of our Eames Lounge Chair replicas, but there are many more interesting choices to better fit your taste. How can you know which one is right for you? One of the easiest ways to decide on a color for your Eames Lounge Chair replica is to base it off other colors already in the room. 

Your Eames Lounge Chair is meant to bring a new design element to your home. This fantastic chair is also an easy way to make an eye-popping statement while still remaining practical. Go for a color you love, but wouldn’t use normally.

Work with the room’s decor

For a put-together look, try matching the accent chair to other items in the room, either through their colors or patterns. This can be anything from pillows, lamps, and pictures to knick-knacks. For example, if you have black and white striped accent pillows on your sofa, try getting a chair that mimics the pattern with black and white lines. The chair will still stand out against your other furniture, however, it will help keep symmetry in the room by matching smaller pieces.

Or if you have a favorite art piece, pull one or two colors from there and find an accent chair in the same shades. You could also match the chair to the sofa if it will go in the living room. If you aren’t sure where to start, choose a neutral color or a neutral, transitional style.

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