The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is a favorite piece of midcentury design. And, like many furniture icons, this Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller design has been knocked off again and again.
Staunch modernists may always stand up for the real deal, but others are tempted to question how its premium price can be justified when a reproduction can be found at a fraction of the cost. Beyond issues of intellectual property, it turns out there are plenty of reasons authenticity matters, ranging from safety to sustainability. Here, we take a look at another thing that sets these pieces apart: the craftmanship behind each and every chair Herman Miller makes in their western Michigan factory.
To learn more about authenticity, join us at Dwell on Design New York, where Ben Watson, executive creative director of Herman Miller, will be joined by Dahlia Latif, president of the Soho Design District, and Paolo Cravedi of Be Original to discuss The Real Cost of Rip-Offs on Friday, October 2, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Dwell on Design New York, which takes place at Skylight Clarkson Sq from Oct. 2-4, will feature three days of stimulating discussions with industry leaders.