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Knock off or not

BEFORE: A real Eames has padded armrests, although these are very nice, too!

BEFORE: A real Eames has padded armrests, although these are very nice, too!

Speaking of Eames, we were asked to repair the covering on this knock off of an Eames Lounge. Before getting into that, let me point out some of the red flags that tell me immediately this is not the “real thing.” Not that there is anything wrong with that! This chair was obviously well-loved and well-used. But the wife had resorted to covering it with a blanket rather than letting company see, or sit, in the mess of a seat!

BEFORE: Eames-style Recliner

BEFORE: Eames-style Recliner

So, the glaring discrepancies?
1) It’s a recliner. A real Eames swivels, but does NOT have a reclining mechanism. The lack of that was probably a deal killer for many prospective buyers, but that’s the way Charles and Ray wanted it.
2) Wooden armrests. These are nicely laminated with, I’m guessing, walnut veneer. But Eames has padded rests covered in the same material as the rest of the chair
3) The metal connecting rods between the head and back rests. I don’t have a good photo here, but the ones on this knock off are simple rectangular bars. The real deal has a rather more complex angle brace with rubber “shock absorbers” that seem to predict their widespread use in mounting glass panels in many contemporary glass-clad buildings.
4) The legs. The knock off has four legs extending from the pedestal base. Although the Eames Ottoman has four legs, the Lounge Chair has FIVE. This provides a visually stronger base, suggesting (and realizing) greater stability (although a pain when you want to put on plastic sliders which, at four to a set, doesn’t add up!).

The repair required scrubbing away all of the loose debris from the flaking topcoat.  Fibrenew proprietary Leather Filler was used to smooth over and fill most of the cracks. After curing, the filler can be sanded down to assure a smooth, soft texture.  

AFTER: Cracks and crazing are crushed; soft, supple surface remains.

This is then treated with special adhesive agents and dyed with Fibrenew’s environmentally friendly water-based color coats. The trick is to be able to match the colors of the original.  In this case, it was made harder because each of the panels seemed to have faded to different colors over the years (not easy to see in photos).  We discussed with the homeowner and agreed to match the color of the foot rest, which seemed to have been most protected than the other surfaces.

We were pretty happy with the results. But the homeowner was thrilled with the results! “Now I don’t have to cover it when the girls come over for bridge on Tuesday!” Another satisfied customer, the only kind we have at Fibrenew.

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“5.0 star rating 11/28/2017 Saul is nothing short of a miracle worker. We love our white leather sofa but over the past few years, the sofa because damaged and stained and looked very used and with guests coming for the holidays, we searched quickly to find a new sofa. No matter how hard I looked, I could not find the size and shape we were looking for and in my desperation, googled, leather sofa restoration. Fibrenew came up and when I saw the 5 star reviews and the before and after pictures, I could hardly believe them. I contacted Saul and after looking at some of my sofa pictures, he quoted me a reasonable fee for restoring my sofa. I thought it was worth a try since it was much cheaper than buying a new sofa, and I would get to keep the one I love. Saul is a delightful person and explained what he was doing. He comes to your house, so that you don't have the inconvenience of moving the sofa out of the home. After 6 hours of hard work, he called for me to come look. I could not believe it was my sofa. The color he used to fill in cracks and damage was spot on and although he uses a disclaimer to say he can make it look better, but it won't look like new....Well, he is wrong...He made it look better than new. I sent pictures to my sons and friends, and all those who know my sofa could not imagine that this is possible. All I can say, is if you have leather furniture that you love so much that its showing wear and tear, but you don't want to buy new, then contact Saul. He is an engineer by trade and has a meticulous eye for matching color and repairing damage. The sofa looks so new, that now I will have him come back to fix up leather chairs since they are looking shabby next to the gleaming sofa. Thank you, Saul.”
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Fibrenew Manhattan Central (New York City): Saul Shapiro

Mobile restoration service to your home or business! Three ways to receive a repair estimate: