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DRN



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:05 pm    Post subject: Aalto at Bed Bath & Beyond? Reply with quote

While shopping today, I saw something I didn't expect:

https://m.bedbathandbeyond.com/m/product/bentwood-stacking-stool/204973?skuId=40527932&mcid=PS_googlepla&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxcj1t5vT1QIVFz2BCh14bgSgEAQYASABEgLRc_D_BwE

Is this a knock off or adaptation of a concept? In any case, it is tasteful and cheap.
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peterm



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Total knockoff, yes. Aalto's version has solid wood legs with a brilliant method of bending the wood. The knockoff (IKEA also sold these) has laminated legs and are thinner. The seat is also thicker on the Aalto, and detailed differently at the edge.

Aalto leg:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pinterest.com/amp/pin/85357355411044689/

The third image shows the laminated knockoff leg:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0040AGKZ0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0040AGKZ0&linkCode=as2&tag=theimprolife-20&th=1&psc=1
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knocking off MCM items is big these days, I have seen cheap Eames knock-off chairs at World Market and Hobby Lobby. Target recently has knocked-off Wegner's Wishbone chairs and Nelson slat coffee tables.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If one needs this stuff, buy less, but get the real thing. The rest is destined for the landfill.
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DRN



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The rest is destined for the landfill.

Like the legions of Breuer Cesca chair knock offs sold for $15-$20 a piece in the 1970's and '80's that were kicked to the curb when the cane seats wore through.

https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4LENN_enUS619US619&q=breuer+cesca+chair
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Design Within Reach makes a flexible plastic version of the Eames "Eiffel Tower" shell chair -- with ball-snap feet which break and depart, meaning my nice bamboo tables at the café get dents when the night cleaning crew plops the chairs there to mop the floor. And DWR has no active replacement policy for the defective part, and other online sources charge c. $20 for a set of four aftermarket feet. Nice . . .

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those soulless plastic DWR chairs are actually now the licensed versions, approved by Eames Demetrios and the Eames Foundation. The only decent replica is the Modernica version. They somehow acquired the original molds from Herman Miller and the shells actually have the visible fibers in them. (I'm not sure if they're still being produced or not...)

http://archive.blog.modernica.net/how-its-made-the-fiberglass-shell-chair/

Not even close, but no cigar, a pair for 50 bucks:

https://jet.com/product/detail/d4d8e55427824ad4b397d13dd8e741de?jcmp=pla:ggl:NJ_dur_Gen_Furniture_a2:furniture_kitchen_dining_furniture_dining_chairs_a2:na:PLA_785111641_37361536490_aud-318763390747:pla-330595060765:na:na:na:2&code=PLA15&pid=kenshoo_int&c=785111641&is_retargeting=true&clickid=b578adac-30f9-42f1-ab22-804004f523e3

The real deal... proportions, materials, honesty:

https://www.incollect.com/listings/furniture/seating/charles-ormond-eames-early-fiberglass-shell-dar-chair-by-charles-eames-for-herman-miller-118974
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