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This Chair Is the Acme of Mid-Century Modern Furniture

No matter how many knockoffs exist, only Herman Miller gets to sell the Eames Molded Chair.

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The Deal: Herman Miller's Eames Molded Chair is a whopping 32 percent off at Amazon, bringing the price down to $246.

By definition, mid-century modern design lasted between roughly late-1930 to 1969. But really, mid-century modern never really ended. Look around your own home, and you'll recognize traces of this touchstone design era. It's marked by clean, simple designs with nary an extraneous flourish. One of the defining pieces of furniture spawning from this era is the Eames Molded Chair.

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The Shell Chair is often imitated and more often completely knocked off from the Eames original. It took 11 years after notable designers Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen sought to design a lightweight single-piece chair shell for this chair to come into existence. Charles and Ray Eames' original Molded Chair was originally available in fiberglass, but today is available in recyclable plastic, eco-fiberglass or molded wood. Additionally, people can opt for different base styles from wire bases to dowel bases, and there are more colors than one could ever imagine.

The Eames Molded Chair is an all-around all-purpose chair. Some will use them as dining seating, while others may have a single unit to flex their home-and-design aptitude. It's a comfortable seat, and it's as easy to identify as it is to lounge in. But make note, only Herman Miller is legally allowed to denote its molded chairs as "Eames Molded Chairs." Everything else, despite looking nearly identical (and at significantly low, low prices), is just a fake.

Today, there's a rare deal on the Eames Molded Chair in black with a chrome base. While Herman Miller is offering 15 percent off sitewide, Amazon is marking down the aforementioned chair down 32 percent, bringing the price to a cool $246. According to Amazon, there are only 9 pieces left, so act fast before someone scoops up this great deal.

Price (Amazon): $365 $246 | Price (Herman Miller): $345 $293


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