To Eames or Not to Eames...

Monday, October 31, 2011

Man oh man oh MAN am I having a serious dilemma right now.  Let me give it to you straight.  I've been wanting an Eames lounge chair for a while now.  They are classic pieces that add a nice masculine element to a room and look fantastic.  While I could never afford an authentic Eames, I have heard of quite a few people either finding knock offs on the street or for some ridiculous sum of money like $50 which is basically free.  NO LIES.  Not only that, but these peeps are also finding crazy steals on mid century furniture.  I think have hit my max level of envy, and I want to know why the thrifting gods do not shine their plunder upon me more often.

Okay, so classic Eames lounge chair:


Beauty, no?  And here's a variation that I'm also pretty into:


Sorry, bad quality, but you get the gist.  So, basically, a fake Eames lounger is on my wish list, unless by some strange miracle I have the opportunity to possess an authentic one for cheap, which I doubt will ever be a reality.  So you can imagine my excitement when I found this today whilst trolling Craigslist:


BAM.  What's that you say?  A really fake Eames inspired lounge chair that has no base?  You want that?

As a matter o' fact, I do folks.  It's cheapy cheap (asking $60 and clearly I would beat him up a little) and it wouldn't have to stay looking the way it does now.  Since I'm not afraid of eBay anymore, I could easily procure a base for it for no more than $30 bucks or so.  So get the chair, buy a base, put two and two together, and you still have a knock off Eames in not so great condition.  HOWEVER, due to the cheapy cheapness of it, I would be MUCH more inclined to get a little fabric and reupholster that bad boy myself, like so:

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How crazy unique is that?!  I would never consider doing this if it were an actual decent knock off, or even in good condition.  But this guy wound up looking great if you ask me, and I really haven't come across many that have modern patterned upholstery.

But I just don't know if it's worth it or not.  There are many other things on my wish list (new sofa, cowhide rug, modern credenza, paint for the living room, a headboard, art for my gallery wall, a modern desk, a really good vacuum...to name a few) that perhaps I could use more.  [Sigh].  What ever is a girl to do?


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