eames chair

Eames Lounge Chairs are, hands down, the most easily recognizable chairs of the mid-century modernism. For over six decades, the original design by Charles and Ray Eames continued to rise in popularity with no significant changes in the manufacturing process since its original conception.

With a vast myriad of alternatives in colors, materials, plywoods veneers and, upholstery materials in our store, buying the right Eames Lounge Chair replica for you can be a very difficult task. Rest assured that no matter your choice, you’re buying a high-quality Eames Lounge Chair replica, one that is truly faithful to the original can make this process way more difficult.

That’s why we’re excited to offer you more information about our Eames Lounge Chair replica! We already discussed all the plywood choices available for the Eames Lounge Chair in the market, from palisander wood to walnut, and the less popular rosewood, cherry, white oak, and ebony ash. In this article, we’ll talk about all the upholstery choices available for our Eames Lounge Chair replica along with some valuable information and insights related to this iconic masterpiece of mid-century modern design.

What stands aniline Leather, full-grain, and leatherette apart?

Before we start discussing the best choices of materials for your Eames Lounge Chair, we need to define what these materials are. The original Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman are made of molded plywood and leather. Charles and Ray Eames were already tinkering with molded plywood (using it in another of their famous creations: the Molded Plywood Lounge Chair) when they started working on the design of the Eames Lounge Chair. The Eames couple used the experience to reinvent the lounge chair, a mid-century modern classic in every home in America. The Eames Lounge Chair is the result of their efforts.

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 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.

What makes aniline leather special?

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.

Is Italian Leather really worthy?

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:

  • It’s a high-quality material: A great deal of craftsmanship is put into making Italian leather Eames Lounge Chairs with the highest standards.
  • It’s made to last: When compared to other leathers, Italian leather is the most long-lasting. It can withstand everyday wear and tear, with most nicks and scratches being easily wiped away.
  • It’s unique: Vegetable tanned Italian leather has a truly one of a kind appearance. No two naturally tanned items ever look alike!
  • It’s exclusive: You’ll see Italian leather on the most exclusive fashion runways as one of the most well-loved materials in fashion design.
  • It’s easy to maintain: Constantly cleaning handbags and purses can be a chore. Italian leather can be easily cleaned on with a damp cloth from time to time but isn’t always necessary.

Is Leatherette real leather?

Leatherette has been suffering from a bad rep for a long time due to the fact that 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.

You may also hear leatherette referred to as faux leather, fake leather, synthetic leather or pleather. In most cases, they all mean the same, a material made specifically to mimic the look and feel of real leather.

And there you have it, those are the most popular leather upholstery choices available for the Eames Lounge Chairs and Eames Lounge Chairs replicas available in our store at the moment. There are other less popular upholstery choices like wool that we’ll discuss later on another article, but for now, you’re better informed and know exactly what you’ll get when you consider these choices.

Order your Eames Lounge Chair replica now at Manhattan Home Design and enjoy a 10% discount plus same-day shipping!