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How to Spot the Real Eames Shell Chairs from it's Replica?

May 28th 2015 at 9:42 PM

The shell chair designs of Charles and Ray Eames are some of the most iconic pieces of collectibles in the furniture world. The Eames Shell Chairs are one of the 20th century most beloved designs that improve the siting and dining experience of all people. This chair has wormed its way to be the coveted piece of design history, that is quite simple, beautiful and is an exemplary of Eames desire to make “the best for the most at the least”.

The shell chair was born through Charles early investigation on molded plastic and plywood furnitures. He always keeps his focus on good design, not just as a way to sell products, but rather as a way to improve peoples lives. Therefore, the shell chairs are designed on the principle of adaptability. It could fit every body and in any context such as in home, living room, museum or around the corner of Laundromat. However, due to its wide popularity, this chair has been copied by many manufacturing companies. There are many replicas and reproductions of these chairs, but you have certain ways to spot the original.

Here are some signs that would help you to distinguish the real one from replicas:

  • Label on the back: To check whether the chair is original, look for the vitra or Herman Miller label. Both of them are the authorized manufacturer of the Eames chair in the United States and Europe. Each of the Eames chairs has a stamp on the base to certify its authenticity.

  • Artwork of Eames: After checking the labels, look for the work of Charles and Ray Eames. You need to check every unique detail of the chair. Check the headrest and backrest of the chair that are always screwed with an aluminum strip.

  • Inspection of the shell Chair: Find the Herman Miller impression on the fiberglass. Every original Eames Shell Chairs have authentic mark. You could find paper labels and impressions on the fiberglass of the chair. This guarantees the originality and no reproduced imitation pieces.

  • Shell Color: Color is the most noticeable difference between the real and replica. The replica of the Eames chair have brighter white color shine whereas the real ones are in chalky white color.

  • Fixtures: The replica of the Real Eames chair has chrome or other colored screws that do not go with the frame. Whereas, the original has black screws to match the black frame.

  • Timber Color: This is one of the most noticeable difference. All the Replicas had a much blonder finishing than the real Eames chair.

  • Timber Dowel: The edges of the replica chairs are unfinished, splintered and unpolished. The real Eames chair has perfect symmetry at every corner of the chair which is hard to find in replica.

Apart from all the above mentioned suggestions, also compare the picture of the original one with the replica. The chairs have been copied several times, so the necessary information would help you to buy the original piece. There are many companies who offer Eames shell chairs for sale. However, you need to be wise and much precise about your selection.

eModernDecor offers a line of Eames designer shell chairs that are authentically carried out by its manufacturer. They have highest quality reproduction of the original chairs created by Charles and Ray Eames in the mid-20th century. The rustic designs of the chair compliment any dining table, and fits in any outdoor or indoor theme.

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