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Hello AT,

My husband and I are vacillating between a Herman Miller Eames Dowel Base side chair and a Modernica piece. The HM piece seems more sturdy but the fiberglass gives Modernica an edge in our evaluation. The HM piece is going at a 20% discount, making it cheaper than Modernica's. Which is the authentic, licensed product?

Thanks, Theresa

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Dear Theresa,

We didn't know that HM was reissuing the dowel base version! That said, they should both be nearly identical as Modernica used to make them for HM (they just can't use the Eames name anymore).

When they are both the same, go for the cheaper one!

Can you give us a link to the HM chair??

Anyone else?

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