posted by on 2011.03.15, under Lookalikes
Charles and Ray Eames were an amazing design duo and I’d give my right arm to spend a week with them in their studio.  The Eiffel Tower Chair is just one of their many iconic designs - it literally looks good in any setting.  This chair has been cool since 1948, it’s a classic so you really can’t go wrong with this purchase.
We can’t all afford the original and most of us can’t get the Herman Miller reproduction either.  I did a little hunting and found a replica for under $50 bucks!

Steel Wire Based Molded Side Chair, $43.96

Buy the Herman Miller Reproduction at Hive Modern for $249.00 – This one is an exact replica and is made from eco-friendly materials.

eames plastic side chair, $249

Below, we see the chairs (both real and fake) in action. The original chairs with a Danish Modern table…

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…and the reproduced chair juxtaposed by a farm table. Which do you prefer?
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posted by on 2011.01.27, under Lookalikes

Designer Philippe Starck’s take on the classic Louis XV armchair, the Louis Ghost Chair, has become an iconic jewel in the crown of its manufacturer, Kartell. The funky chair has been increasingly popping up, in all its transparent glory, in rooms in need of space maximization or as an edgier option to your standard matchy-matchy dining set.

Some examples of this iconic chair in use.

Transparent plastic furniture makes a space look bigger and less crowded, but it’s not always cheap. The Kartell original will put you back $410 per chair at Design Within Reach.

Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Armchair, $410

To get the same look for less, consider the Mystic Round Back Arm Chair from Target, which is a spitting image of the Kartell model. And, at just $239.99 for a two piece set, you can have four for practically the same price as one Kartell.

Target 2 Pc Mystic Round Back Arm Chair in Clear, $239.99

If it’s the look of Lucite you’re after, as opposed to a Louis XV lookalike, the IKEA Tobias chair would look great if you have a grand dining table you want to take center stage, and comes at just $99.99 a chair.

Ikea TOBIAS Chair, $99.99



posted by on 2010.09.28, under Lookalikes

Have you ever paid a visit to the gorgeous and overpriced store Design Within Reach and thought to yourself, “Yeah right! More like Design OUT OF Reach!” I searched around the store and picked out some favorite items, then came up with similar finds to show you that you don’t have to pay a lot to get what you want. I found so many affordable look-a-likes that I decided to focus on chairs, with more to come later…

Can you tell which of the above chairs is the deal? The first one is the Diamond Lounge Chair by Harry Bertoia, which retails for $877. At $199.99, the one below it is a steal – the Rupert Chrome Steel Chair from Overstock.com (by the way, Overstock offers a flat shipping rate of $2.95 for almost everything, cheap!).

Love this Barcelona Chair (above) but can’t afford the $5000 price tag? Why not get this handsome doppleganger for only $131.99 instead:

The red Egg Chair below will set you back a whopping $6000…

…but you can get a similar one in gray or orange from Ikea for $399


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