Vintage Furniture – Real or Fake? Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman

The Real McCoy - Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671)

The Real McCoy - Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671)

In this installment of “Real or Fake?” we’ll discuss the ever-popular and often imitated Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman, officially known as the Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671). Designed by the remarkable and prolific husband and wife team of modernist architects and designers, Charles and Ray Eames in 1956, this chair was introduced to the public on NBC’s morning show, the Arlene Francis Home Show (which later became The Today Show) and was an instant hit. (Don’t miss the extraordinary 2-part video here.) It’s been in constant production ever since by U.S. licensee Herman Miller of Zeeland Michigan and European licensee Vitra.


It’s also one of the most popularly copied pieces and I defy anyone to find a furniture store anywhere in the world that doesn’t sell a version of this chair. Some copies even have their own fans – an unlicensed knockoff from Plycraft by George Mulhauser is considered by many to be superior in both quality and comfort to the real thing and can be had at substantial savings. It’s said to be more ergonomic for today’s larger American frames.


So if you’re in the market for an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, how do you know if you’re getting the real thing? If you’re buying new, it’s easy. Buy from a Herman Miller dealer or look for the Herman Miller label on the underside of the chair shell. Prices start at about $3,500 for the cherry or walnut versions. A 50th anniversary chair in santos palisander rosewood starts at about $4,500. Authentic vintage chairs get that much or more, and an earlier limited edition model in rosewood has been known to fetch as much as $7,000 at auction. (UPDATE: A vintage rosewood chair and ottoman just got $3,120 at the October 7, 2008 Modern Design auction at Wright Auctions of Chicago. Pre-auction estimates put it at $3,000 to $4,000 – obviously a sign of the times given the world economic crisis. Read about it here.)


But if you’re buying vintage, first look for the label on the underside which looks like this:


If there’s no visible label, how do you know you’re getting the real thing? Here’s some other visual cues to look for:

  • Shell of cherry, walnut, santos palisander or rosewood. Any others are likely fakes.
  • Look for six-inch thick urethane foam cushions with soft leather upholstery.
  • The chair will have a five-legged base (“five-star”) and the ottoman four. Legs rise at a slight angle – they are not flat nor do they rise too steeply creating a “cone” effect.
  • Look for die-cast aluminum back braces – not square tubular aluminum.
  • The bases are also die-cast and painted black with polished aluminum trim.
  • Some copies have a loose cap over the base to hide rough welds or bolts where the legs meet the post.
  • Natural rubber shock mounts and adjustable stainless steel glides.
  • Armrests are curved, not flat.
  • Look at the leather upholstery on the armrest. Fakes often have a single piece of leather wrapped around the edge. Authentic models have a separate piece of leather welting wrapped around the edge.
  • The ottoman is the exact same size as the seat of the chair. In fact, the cushions are interchangeable.
  • Most copies recline, an authentic chair does not.
  • There should be absolutely no visible screws or bolts. None.




This fake has a five-legged ottoman and the legs of both chair and ottoman rise at too steep an angle. Otherwise it’s pretty darn close.


This copy has a four-legged chair, flat legs, flat armrests and a smaller ottoman.


Visible screws are an instant dead give-away. This one is a cheap copy.


Flat arms with a single piece of leather wrapped around the edges instead of a second piece of welting is a no-no.



If you’ve got Taittinger taste on a Schlitz budget, look for a knock-off from Plycraft. They generally start at around $1,200 and with a steady demand for them, they’ll hold their value almost as well as the authentic Herman Miller version. You might even find it to be more comfortable. (But don’t tell anyone I said that!)


Read about the latest auction results for a vintage Eames Lounge Chair 670 and Ottoman 671 here.


Don’t miss my postings on how to tell a real from a fake Le Corbusier LC series chair, a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair and a Noguchi coffee table. See recent auction results and trends on vintage furniture from Eames and other designers here.  You can also learn the smart way to buy quality furniture whether you’re staging a house for sale or collecting for your own home here.


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  1. Jackson E

     /  September 15, 2008

    I bought an Eames Lounge and Ottoman during the anniversary period so I got it in white and aluminum with a stamp at the bottom. I also bought it from this website,, and they’re authorized dealers and carry more of Herman Miller stuff than any other website I’ve seen. That’s how I know mine’s real.

  2. jetsetrnv8r

     /  October 6, 2008

    Good job, Jackson E. Sounds like you did your homework. Congratulations on a smart purchase.

  3. Rich

     /  October 16, 2008

    Is there a consistent way to distinguish the real Herman Miller Eames Lounger against the knock offs of today? The cues listed in the article seem valid for vintage items, but the “Made in China” versions of today look like the real deal aside from some slight measurement variations.

  4. jetsetrnv8r

     /  October 17, 2008

    Rich – If you’re worried about newly-made knock-offs, the first thing to look for is the label. And if you’re worried that it may be a counterfeit label (and I’m not aware of anyone going that far) then make sure you’re buying from a reputable dealer – a Herman Miller store or Design Within Reach or another trustworthy retail chain. If you’re buying from a private party, they should allow you to take the chair to a Herman Miller dealer for verification. If none of these tactics are available to you and you’re still in doubt, check the proportions and workmanship carefully – the number and shape of the legs, the shape of the arms, the quality of the leather, the ratio of the seat cushion to the ottoman cushion (1:1 and interchangeable), the angle of the chair (fixed at 15%,). If all those are a match, I’d say you can pretty much rest assured you’re getting the real thing. If in doubt, walk away. There are enough authentic chairs out there that you don’t need to settle for something dubious.

  5. Ronald

     /  November 6, 2008

    was there actually a white and black version of the eames lounge chair ever produced? I’ve seen many offerings of “original” eames lounge chair totally in black of white (even the wood). They say it’s a original, but i cannot find documentation of these version.

    Thanks for the help.


  6. jetsetrnv8r

     /  November 7, 2008

    Hello Ronald – Authentic Eames lounge chairs have been offered and are still available in dozens of different leathers, including white. But I can say with absolute certainty that the wood shell has never, ever been painted white or black or anything other than a choice of natural wood finishes. That’s not to say that someone may have painted a chair afterwards – but it has never been offered that way from Herman Miller. If you’re seeing a chair with a painted finish, check for all the other tell-tale signs to see if it may still be an authentic chair that’s been modified.

    In any event, I would not recommend buying it as it would cost more to refinish than the chair would ever be worth since it would no longer be in its original condition. Unless, of course, you find out it was an experimental chair owned by the Eames’ themselves – then it would be a pricesless treasure. But I’m not aware of anything like this existing.

    If you have a picture, please forward it to me as I’d be curious to see it. I may be able to tell you if it’s otherwise authentic or not.

    Hope this helps. – JetSetRnv8r

  7. John Quinn

     /  December 11, 2008

    I have a copy of the Eames chair made by ‘Selig’. It is in very good condition,but I have no idea how old it is or if it would have any value. Are Selig’s decent knockoffs? When were they made?

  8. Fabien

     /  January 6, 2009

    Is there a difference in manufacturing process or materials used between the chairs produced by Herman Miller in the US and those made by Vitra for the European market?

    I’m asking because Vitra models cost a lot more than the Herman Miller ones (almost double at current exchange rates). In fact, it actually seems cheaper to buy one in the US and ship it to Europe.



  9. martin L

     /  January 30, 2009

    Thanks for your site. I’m baffled. My Dad recently gave me his ‘Miller’ chair that he bought new from a reputable department store in 1964 in Zurich Switzerland. After researching, it looks like it must be a fake. It has visible bolts where the rubber shockers should be, five legs on the ottoman, one piece of leather on the armrests and it’s a pressed metal plate where it connects to the base of the chair. I’m wondering if the Vitra chairs were made exactly the same as the Miller ones. I am hoping that somehow it is still original even though it appears not. I am planning on contacting the store in Zurich to see if they can shed further light.
    I can send pictures if you like

  10. Ron May

     /  February 2, 2009

    There is another way to tell if what you are buying is vintage: the vintage (rosewood) shells have five layers of plywood, and the newer (Santos rosewood, walnut, cherry) versions have seven layers. The older sets may also have “Dome of Silence” in raised printing on the hard rubber spacers on the leveling screws under the base of both the chair and ottoman. These were discontinued only recently; I have a cherry set from 1996 and the chair and ottoman both came with these older “vintage” spacers. On the really really old sets, the aluminum mounts attached to the headrest and back of the chair were made of hard rubber and not plastic. There’s probably more…

  11. Dan

     /  February 11, 2009

    Thanks for your helpful information on these chairs! I was easily able to identify my chairs were Plycraft after reading your postings. Good to hear that even the knock offs hold some value.


  12. tony

     /  February 27, 2009

    I had thought that the older versions had feathers or down in the cushions and the new ones foam? In terms of comfort, if I’m going to by an authentic eames lounge chair, am I better buying new or vintage, or where they all in fact made with the same filling?

  13. Slawek

     /  March 1, 2009

    Hello, I have one chair which is (I took this info from bottom labels) Plycraft Inc. designed by George Mulhauser. I was starting to find out something about this chair, because two screws from hardware are missing. I’m contractor and this chair I’m took from my job (demolition place, because this chair should to go to garbage!) on Manhattan, where we start new job.

    But I’m not sure that, this is thing from right place. And I can’t find anywhere any info about this model of chair, including value. I did pictures of this chair which I can send to show.
    One thing I have to say, this chair is really so comfortable and made very good.

    Can You help me with that?!

  14. Theres been some very close knock offs but any chair base with a spring box on the bottom of the seat would be the defining clue,in the China versions the roughness in the cast parts and the too squared edges of the wood pieces would be a tip off.Herman Millers quality is very high so look for that in your chair, as the old saying goes, ” If in doubt,walk away”

  15. Wayne Chen

     /  April 20, 2009

    I recently bought a Lounge Chair of exact look as per your description of an Eame’s lounge chair. There are two lables, the round one said Designed by George Nelson (Gold colour sticker), the other one is pretty much the same. Both of the lable indicate the chair is a Herman Miller. Do you ever see this configuration? Thank you.


  16. Gugisman

     /  May 2, 2009

    I have a knockoff that has a one piece backrest, 4 leg bases, and spring-tensioned mount by “faultless doerner waterloo ontario canada”. It seems to be well made. Any ideas at all? I could email an image if you’re willing to look.

  17. My brother in law has this exact fiece and I fell asleep in it at Christmas. It might be pricey but it’ll last a lifetime and is timeless!

  18. I am selling a Eames era lounge/ottoman set from an Estate. It looks like a Plycraft and is in very good condition, but has no labels. Is there any way I can be sure it is a Plycraft? The wood on the back looks like either mahogany or cherry. Do you know what kind of wood Plycraft used? If you send me your email, I will send you a picture. I have tried attaching the craigs list ad where you can see a picture. I am lowering the price tomorrow.

  19. TheMonk

     /  June 18, 2009


    Concerning the non existence of a painted wood finish, I did find this interesting information on the Vitra website:

    Check out the “black base with polished aluminium detail, shell cherry black lacquered”.


  20. Fred

     /  July 12, 2009

    Hi: I have a knock off by Selig Manufacturing for sale in GREAT condition. Black Leather. Photos upon request.

  21. Alice Yang

     /  September 23, 2009

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks! This is Alice from Hong Kong, I would like to find out where or which web site I can purchaes a vintage Herman Miller Lounge Chair. It will be cool to have one.

  22. rgb2cmyk

     /  October 27, 2009

    Does anyone have any experience with the ones from I know they are knockoffs, but they seem to be a close match to the original, minus the official seal of course.

  23. China is making some very close eames lounge chairs copies now. Very close

  24. Nothing beats a licensed original.

  25. cathy beaty

     /  December 12, 2009

    Do any of the vintage Eames lounge chairs have rosewood back supports or are they all aluminum

  26. Bill Brincefield

     /  December 22, 2009

    Just looking for some advice……

    I have an original Eames Lounge & Ottoman and oddly enough even have a bolt of the original fabric used in the construction. My intent is to sell the set as I live in a log cabin and they just don’t blend in well (I am storing them in a closet). Both pieces needs to be recovered and I’m wondering if I should have that done, or sell them as-is?

    Thanks in advance…….Bill in Bahama, NC

  27. geraldine Vallati

     /  March 11, 2010

    Bill, you say you have a bolt of the original fabric. what fabric are you talking about. I thought this lounge chair was onlyy in leather, not fabric. can you pls explain. thank you

  28. Pete

     /  March 16, 2010

    Hi all. Any ideas about dating a vintage original? Mine has a rosewood shell, worn black leather, and the cushions have been substantially compacted. No label. Thanks, Pete

  29. Todd

     /  April 1, 2010

    I have what appears to be a knockoff lounge. It is made by the Charlton Mfg Co in Leominster, Mass 1960’s. It is comfortable and appears well made. I am just wondering if this manufacter holds any value….? thanks in advance

  30. Garner

     /  April 24, 2010

    I have an original w down filled cushions, so I know it’s an early model. The label is a BLACK disk, all the pictures I’ve seen show a white disk. Does this tell me anything about the age?

  31. K

     /  June 1, 2010

    Just wondering, were Eames lounge chairs always upholstered in leather? We have two Eames style chairs that would have been purchased in the late 1970s by my husband’s parents. They are upholstered in a brown velour/velvet type fabric. I suspect they are reproductions, but they are in fabulous condition, and very comfortable – so we love them anyway. They are in storage at present, so can’t check the labels

  32. matt

     /  June 17, 2010

    hi i have a vintage eames lounge 670-671 1960-1961 rosewood 4 sale all original peffect cond..supper nice! seral #7524.. live in MI

  33. matt

     /  June 17, 2010

    k they did make special orders in fabric.. there is a lot of web sites that can help you to tell if it is real google it!

  34. Kelvin

     /  July 16, 2010

    Everyone I am based in London, and am looking to buy a vintage Eames chair, email me if you happen to have one!

  35. Avery Wedder

     /  July 21, 2010

    I am considering selling my father’s original Rosewood Eames chair and ottoman. I noticed in this string that there are some unique “earlier, limited edition” rosewood models. Does anyone know how to find out if my set is one of the limited edition sets? I am trying to figure out what to ask for it.

    Thank you!

  36. I admire what you have done here, as well as share good stuff with good ideas and concepts. I am happy to find your distinguished way of writing the post. Now you make easy for me to understand and implement.

  37. Gail

     /  September 24, 2010

    I have an Eames 670 lounge chair circa 1975, confirmed authenticity from Herman Miller by the underside documentation. Unfortunately the ottoman was lost in the move down south.

    The chair is in very-fine to excellent condition.

    I’m wondering about the value of the chair and the best place to sell it. I have been counseled that I shouldn’t let it go for under $2,500. Is this a realistic estimate? Thanks…

  38. Michael Clingan

     /  October 3, 2010

    Hi, I found a Plycraft Eames knockoff, in excellent condition, but covered with dust, sitting beside a rural road today. Just the chair, no Ottoman. It’s missing a couple of screws under the armrest. Does anyone know of a source for these? Thanks greatly.

  39. Zenon

     /  October 13, 2010

    I have an Eames 670 and 671,
    there is a # “408” stamped on the three rosewood parts of the chair
    but none on the ottoman.
    what dose the number represent?

  40. Bob Stout

     /  October 18, 2010

    I have an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman that is clearly a knock-off. It is exactly like the the one you showed in your “Vintage Furniture – Real or Fake? Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman article dated September 14, 2008 (caramel color). It has 4 legs that are flat, it has an adjustment mechanism in the front, it has side arms like shown, multiple screws and fixed back plates.

    I purchased it from a reputable furniture store in Arlington Virginia on 30 November 1977 for $400. Their invoice receipt states “Eames chair & Ottoman, Caramel/Walnut”. They just closed their business about 6 months ago and I never thought to ask earlier. Our married daughter wants the chair, so I wanted to provide some particulars.

    Question: Do you know who the manufacturer would have been? You had mentioned Plycraft as a manufacturer but I looked at their chairs and they had 5 legs and arms that were more like the original. Our chair is in mint condition; my wife puts our duvet on it like storage. It may have been sat in 5 times. Just looking to find out who made it and what it’s value may be today so my daughter will know.


  41. Ann

     /  December 3, 2010

    Looking to purchase original Eames rosewood with brown leather lounge chair and ottoman 670-671 from 1970’s without damage

  42. Hello. Great job. I did not expect this. This is a impressive story. Thanks!


     /  January 9, 2011

    Hi Guys,

    I’m a former salesman for Herman Miller in possession of an original 1970’s Eames Lounge chair and ottoman in black leather and Brazilian rosewood. The chair is in excellent condition, the back and arm pads are fine. The pads for the chair seat and ottoman have a few scratches from our cat, Mittens.
    I know I could purchase replacement seat/ottoman pads
    from HM, but for the right price I’d sell my chair to
    someone who appreciates its design history.
    Do you folks have any idea what direction I might go??

    Please E-me at

  44. Kevin Thomson

     /  February 2, 2011

    Hi there. I am wondering if someone can help. I have a vintage Eames Lounge chair with the black round Herman Miller/Charles Eames label however I am uncertain of the production year. I suspect it is late 50’s to early 60’s. I know that the first production chair had the white round label so I’m not sure when the black label replaced it. Any info would be appreciated.

  45. Lorenzo

     /  March 25, 2011

    EAMES lounge chairs made by ICF Italy under official Herman Miller licence.

  46. thhq

     /  April 18, 2011

    Bob Stout: Your chair sounds like a dead match with the 4 leg Selig I bought over the weekend for $120 (without the ottoman, but the leather is in decent shape). I haven’t been able to determine country of origin though I suspect either USA (Leominster, Massachusetts) or Italy. The chair’s 4 legs and back supports are chromed steel with plastic plugs in the open ends. The chair reclines on a “Doerner Waterloo Ontario” stamped mechanism. I’ve seen these chair sets on eBay for $300-800, plus about $100 to deliver. So $120 out the door was a pretty good deal on an almost ready to use, decently made Eames knockoff.

    Over the weekend I sanded some spots and wiped over with tung oil, saddle soaped the leather, polished the chrome and snugged up a loose upholstery button. Someday maybe an ottoman will turn up.

  47. Jack

     /  May 26, 2011

    Does anyone have experience buying the Eames lounge chair and ottoman from Mahattan Home Desig? They are currently offering both for $999 and the photos and info at their webpage seems almost identical to the Henry Miller photos and info.

  48. Bill

     /  May 28, 2011

    I also have a lounge with a number stamped into three of the four plywood shells. Mine is 29. Also the tag under the chair says the chair was manufactured by Herman Miller with Los Angeles address and two number postal zone code. Postal zone codes are pre-zip codes. Zip codes were established in 1963.

    I’m wondering if I have the 29th chair ever made.

  49. jasonhawkins424

     /  July 22, 2011

    So I have picked up two of the fakes you have pictures here with the flat legs. Any idea who manufactured these and their approximate value? Still nice chairs

  50. Fakeames

     /  July 27, 2011

    Since 2010 Vitra produces a larger sized Eames Lounge Chair, since then in my opinion VITRA is producing a Fake too !!!

  51. Virginia Petrini

     /  August 15, 2011

    After reading this artical I realise I have a fake. It said that knock offs are collectable as well. Mine has four legs and square metal brackets. I have both the lounge and ottomen in brown leather, The chair is in good condition and I am interested in selling. How can I find out how much it is worth?

  52. Rosalynn

     /  August 27, 2011

    Wow… This was a VERY helpful article! Answered a great many questions — the most important being: “is my ottoman a fake?” Alas, there ARE visible screws….*sigh* Aw well…. It’s still a nifty and comfy piece, albeit FAKE. heh Blessings!

  53. Christine

     /  November 4, 2011

    @Jack, I have the Manhattan Home Design lounge chair. In my opinion, it is the closest knock off that I was able to find. Downside, although very comfortable, when you get up from the chair or ottoman, there is a “whooshing” sound that comes from the foam being released and air filling up its pores. I am hoping to break it in more to rid it of this rather embarrassing sound! But, just thought people should know who are thinking about buying!

  54. Thanks fro the detailed article! From my grandfather I was lucky to inherit a Herman Miller made Eames Lounge Chair with two Ottomans. As the cushions on the Ottoman and the chair bottom are the same I was able to replace the worn out chair bottom, so I now have a great set of Lounge Chair and Ottoman in good condition (and a spare Ottoman on the attic). Having trouble dating the chair though. It has no paper label, but the black Herman Miller label at the bottom (>1970), silver round holding pins (<1971), but on the inner wooded shells it says 68… And can someone advise me how to maintain the leather. The chair never saw any direct sun, but in my house it will. Thanks! Olaf

  55. Michae Krass

     /  February 2, 2012

    Does anyone know what the stamped numbers on the inside of the 3 shell’s of a 50’s or early 60’s Brazilian Rosewood 670 Lounge Chair mean?

  56. vicki shepherd

     /  April 24, 2012

    i have a eames lounger/ottoman and a mr. chair/ottoman , what does the est marked on the bottom of the ottoman mean-Vicki in indiana

  57. vicki shepherd

     /  April 24, 2012

    I ment on the bottom of the Eames lounger ottoman? I need to sell both because of medical bills ,un expected-both chairs and ottomans are in good shape, can anyone help.The lounger (5legs) isnt marked eames on the bottom, but im sure it’s not a knock off—Vicki 574-518-2675

  58. J.Co

     /  June 3, 2012

    I have a chair that I believe is an authentic Eames 670 chair (no manufacturer marks)…but is has been REPAIRED with exposed black metal bolts underneath the arms. Four bolts on each side, reinforcing the curved metal armrest support, anchoring the chair back to the seat frame.
    Does anyone know if this is a “standard”, or acceptable repair, or is this actually the hallmark of a knock-off chair. Thanks, J.Co.

  59. BONE

     /  June 11, 2012

    I inherited my grandmothers who was a savvy oil business owner in Houston. BUT the HM circle fell off decades ago.. Do you know anywhere that authenticates the chair? I called the Eames Office in Santa Monica and he seemed to be helpful.

  60. Recently bought 2 of these in their vintage color series, they are reproductions I know that, but are gorgeous and the craftsmanship and fine details of the originals are exact.

  61. Great tips! I cringe whenever I see an obvious fake being passed off as an original Eames lounge. The five-star base on the ottoman is a dead giveaway.

  62. Bill Traylor

     /  July 9, 2012

    I was an Industrial Design student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1956 and attended the introduction of the new Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman at the Herman-Miller showroom in Manhattan. At that time the chair retailed for $350 and the ottoman for $150 which seemed a fortune to a poor college student; however, by 1973 I could afford one and in 1978 I purchased its twin – one to sit in while admiring the other, of course.

  63. geraldine

     /  July 11, 2012

    Lucky you. Only a true lover of designer pieces can understand why a person would buy two. good luck

  64. sareen

     /  August 16, 2012

    Hello, I have an Eames Lounge chair with it’s matching ottoman. They looke exactly like the Black Leather set above and believe they may also be copies? like the one shown above because it looks so much like it. I also have a very large size Baker’s Glass Top Coffee table or /Cocktail table. I am looking to sell All three of these items. If you are interested, please contact me. im in the SW AZ

  65. sareen

     /  August 16, 2012


  66. sareen

     /  August 16, 2012

    UPDATE: THE BAKERS CHAIR and OTTOMAN are WAY to HEAVY for me to Life and Ill need my son to do this for me, so This weekend i will see the Tag/Identification on the bottom (if any) The BAKSER’S GLASS TIP COFFEE TABLE – BAKERS COCKTAIL TABLE has the BAKERS METAL TAG ON IT. I also have WOOD BAKERS END TABLES which have TWISTED LEGGS and als have their BAKER’S TAGS to PROVE that they are AUTHENTIC BAKER’S FURNITURE with their ORIGINAL BAKERS TAG ‘S!
    Please contact me as I may forget to, or just won’t get to it as far as getting back to this site so youll need to contact me if interested. Thanks

  67. Nicholas

     /  August 22, 2012

    I’d like to know if it’s possible to tell if one has real Eames tulip chairs (and table). I’ve had these for many years so it’s possible, but they were clumsily repainted at some point, so distinguishing marks are hard to find.

  68. Ed Hernandez

     /  October 1, 2012

    Thanks for this info. An old friend who recently died gave me what appeared to be an Eames lounge chair w/o the ottoman. I did a little research and discovered that it was a wannabe. Lots of screws showing underneath and elastic bands to hold up the seat cushion. I have to say that it is pretty comfortable to sit on. There’s no sign of manufacturer anywhere. Are these pretty common? Thanks again, Ed

  69. Great chaires!

  70. Michael Keenan

     /  December 9, 2012

    I am going to an auction with an Eames chair and ottoman. It has the metal disk on the bottom of the chair,I don ‘t recall seeing it on the ottoman. Although,they look exactly the ssame(color,fading,wear,etc)
    My question is this:have the metal disks been in these pieces since the first production run? I know the ways to tell they are original,but,how does one date these pieces? Are there telltale signs from the older to the newer versions?
    Thanks for your help!


  71. Mike Langieri

     /  January 11, 2013

    We have a chair and ottoman which has a “CHARLTON” label on the bottom. Die cast 5-leg chair base with slight rise not coned, 4-leg cast base for the ottoman. Die cast rear brackets with no screws showing anywhere (except if you turn chair over). The bases are black with the top edges brushed steel with no real luster. The wood is 5-ply rosewood, and the armrests and all cushion edges are welted in leather. The chair is in great shape other than the seat and ottoman cushions. We’ve owned this chair for 35 years, bought it new through the now closed James-Philip Company in Patterson, NJ. Are there measurements once could use to figure out where to order replacement cushions from? I looked at Charlton’s website and didn’t see this chair/ottoman.

  72. What about a trusted Consignment Shop? I have a friend who opened up Lost+Found Resale in Scottsdale AZ and she is a Wiz at All types
    of Furniture for the home. It’s Great that you were able to do what you’ve done BUT,for the novice I’d say find a trusted expert. All the best. steven

  73. Chris

     /  March 7, 2013

    Does anybody know when they changed the badge color from white to black? What was the date of the change?

  74. Sam J

     /  May 14, 2013

    I found an original in a little flea market in Northern WI of all places when on vacation. It was pretty beat up but it had a partial label. I got it for a song. I have a replica that I had bought at Barcelona-Designs but the real chair is awesome. I still use my replica but my original is my baby.

  75. Everyone loves it when folks come together and share ideas.
    Great site, stick with it!

  76. David

     /  July 8, 2013

    I have an original, authentic rosewood chair and ottoman from the mid 50s. My great Uncle was the first Furniture store to sell the Herman Miller brand ( Jules Seltzer and Ass.) on Beverley Drive in LA. Its been in my family the entire time. Wondering if there is any market for it and what it would go for.

  77. We have owned an original 5ply rosewood Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman since 1978. It was originally owned by a business associate of my husband. This chair has been a cherished possession in our home and is in excellent condition but does not have the original label on it. I originally used lemon oil on the wood and windex on the chrome with a dry dusting on the leather. Do you have any suggestions as to what would be the best way to preserve the integrity of the chair?

  78. This was really good and the tips which you had given in finding the real Eames Lounge Chair are really helpful. Moreover, new we can find these types of fake chairs in the market and it is always necessary to check the chair before purchasing.

  79. D.K.

     /  October 12, 2013

    How much would I expect to spend on a Eames Lounge chair and ottoman from the 40’s or 60’s?

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  82. Bobbie

     /  February 16, 2014

    Can anyone help me to determine the value of a chair? It’s an Eames style Miller chair with this info stamped on the metal on the underside of the chair : RD 1975 Frank Doerner
    No. 3,935,613 Northfield Metal Products Co. Ltd. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada The chair is green leather in excellent condition – all buttons intact, but with a few scuffs on the wood at the back. Any ideas? Thanks!

  83. Erin

     /  June 24, 2014

    I have just won a brand new legit chair, stamp and all, never used. Beautiful chair but it doesn’t fit in the small fully furnished apartment I rent. Is there any recommendations on where I should sell this? There are so many replicas out there that I’m unsure if anyone would anyone want an original from ebay etc. I’ve been told it’s worth $6,300, I’m assuming $4,500 would be an acceptable deal or is that too expensive?

  84. Bill C.

     /  July 10, 2014

    I don’t think the reproductions can really stand up to a real Eames lounger, but since the original is more than I paid for my car, I ended up getting one online from Mason Glass + Co. ( It’s kind of a toss up of which one is better (for the reproductions), but I wanted real italian leather and a nice wood finish (brown and walnut for me) and they had free shipping as well. Ended up paying $900 all in. Wife is happy and since she’s sitting in it watching tv most of the time I just get to look at it. Such is life.

  85. Chuck

     /  July 29, 2014

    In 2006 I went to a apartment sale in a local retirement complex. The apartment was full of quality mid-century danish modern and I would have bought it all if I had some where to put it! I was raised with mid-century modern and it has became part of me. What I did walk out with was a foam and duck feather filled cushioned Series II with a round badge Charles Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. Both for only $75.00!!! SUCH A DEAL!!!
    Since I’ve had the set which is in beautiful condition, considering it’s around sixty years old, the only thing I’ve had to do is periodic applications of mineral oil. I’ve replaced the seat and ottoman cushion zippers. They were sent back to Herman Miller for new zippers at which time I was told that the new one would have to be plastic since they couldn’t get brass anymore, something to look for if your not sure it’s vintage, I was disappointed but welcome to the new world. I;m currently replacing the left armrest shock mount which had started to come apart. Other than that it has been a great piece to have and enjoy over the years.
    My only dilemma now is to come to a decision when I downsize as to whether or not to keep it or let someone else enjoy it in the future???
    Thanks for indulging me, Chuck

  86. We have just inherited a 1956 or 1957 Eams lounge chair. It has the white label on the bottom as required. The leather, while in good shape needs a bit of conditioning and color added. Anyone know the best approach for this effort?

  87. Peter

     /  October 11, 2015

    Nice article, just read after preliminary reviews of Eames exhibition at London Barbican. Great insights and brought to life with the pics, thanks very much @antenen

  88. Eduardo Mallea

     /  November 10, 2015

    I would like to send you some details/photos about a supposed original eames lounge and ottoman that is on sale in Argentina (were I live), from the 60’s. Can I have please your e-mail? Kind regards. Eduardo.

  89. Gail

     /  November 16, 2015

    Eduardo, my chair was manufactured in 1975 and had a label that I took a picture of and sent to the Herman Miller company, who confirmed its authenticity. Feel free to send me pictures. Hopefully it still has the original manufacture label.

  90. Nicole

     /  December 28, 2015

    @chuck – you’re a lucky duck!!!! While I want to say I’d be MORE than thrilled to take it off your hands and enjoy it thoroughly (ok, I’ll say it!) I think a piece like that is worth keeping!! Pass it along in the family! Sadly none of my family was every into Mid Century Modern. I can dream about future estate sales where I could be so lucky as you!

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