Eames Management Chair in the Test Lab

Eames Management Chair in the Test Lab

Jenny Butler
Jun 16, 2009

Product: Eames Management Chair
Store: Milan Direct, Australia
Designer: Charles and Ray Eames
Price: $299
Rating: Strong Recommend

Obviously, the Eames Management Chair is a classic and as with any classic there will be reproductions– the good, the bad and the ugly. We've been using this chair for 2 weeks now, we can't get over how comfortable it is and are pleased to say that this chair comes under the category of "the good". See why below the jump…

Sitting at a desk all day long, we've found that your choice of chair can either make or break your day. For us, this chair makes our day for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the chair is outrageously comfortable and we can't stress this point enough. The back follows the shape of your spine and we've noticed that it has helped us to keep a more upright position while working. It also has a wide seat base for extra comfort. Secondly, the chair is upholstered in a nice, soft Italian leather [which after 2 weeks still has that lovely new leather smell] and after 2 weeks of continual use it's looking like it will wear well.

We've always been hesitant to purchase furniture off the internet without sighting it first as we've heard all kinds of horror stories of receiving products only similar to those pictured. We were pleasantly surprised to see the chair we received was exactly the same as that photographed on the Milan Direct website. Later we saw on their website that they photograph all the products they sell themselves.

The only issues that we had with this chair are minor details in the reproduction. The original chair was designed with bakelite casters while understandably this reproduction has contemporary plastic and chrome casters. The original also didn't have a pneumatic/hydraulic lift where as this reproduction does. However, to the chairs credit the hydraulic lift arm ends with a chrome ball similar to those on the Eames Hang-It-All.

Overall, we've really enjoyed using this chair. We're impressed with the quality of the product as well as the comfort. We're also excited to have found an affordable company within Australia who's reproductions don't feel cheap or completely miss the important details in the original design. More info about Milan Direct can be found on their website here.

*Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend
Weak Recommend

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