My Listening Chair

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  1. Audionut

    Audionut Next Round Is On Me

    I am currently working on what I was hoping to be a Herman Miller Vitra chair (or good copy at worst), but I keep thinking it’s just another replica (ottoman stem and chair California sticker are red flags). I’ve ordered the new rubber mounts and adhesive, should make for a fun weekend project. This should be a keeper if it’s comfortable (a bonus would be if it’s authentic!).
    Anyhow, feel free to post your thoughts.
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  2. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    I have one that looks similar, but.....

    Mine is definitely a poor copy - the center pillar sleeve "mushroomed"...peeled back. :(

    Trying to figure out how, or if, I should fix it.
     
  3. Audionut

    Audionut Next Round Is On Me

    A local upholstery shop should be able to button it up (no pun intended). I’ve read that plycraft versions are much more comfortable than their Uber expensive HM Eames counterparts.
     
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  4. rewind67

    rewind67 Junior Member

    Welcome to the Plycraft club!

    Well, I’m 90% sure you are a new member of the club. It’s a bit hard to tell with the closeup photos. It’s not Eames, so it could be any number of imitators; but the age and general look say Plycraft.

    As you may have already discovered, Plycraft did several iterations of Eames “homages”. The one I have is fairly close at first glance, but has substantial enough differences that it stayed in production for a while.

    I’m envious that you are already diving into a restoration. That’s been on my to-do list for years.

    The Eames is in a class and league by itself; but a Plycraft is comfortable, sturdy, and certainly much less expensive. I’m looking forward to seeing your progress; hope you keep us updated. Do you plan to re-do the leather bits or switch to a fabric?
     
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  5. rewind67

    rewind67 Junior Member

    Forgot to ask...where did you order the rubber mounts from?
     
  6. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    One could suggest that if your chair is bending, diet might be a consideration. I, of course, would say no such thing.
     
  7. Audionut

    Audionut Next Round Is On Me

    Thanks, I never considered looking it up as plycraft. I’m pretty excited to get going on it this weekend. I’ll sand down the wood panels and either clear coat or stain them a walnut or reddish (mahogany/cherry) stain. The leather is a solid 7, not perfect but not gone to heck. It’s not the right color so for that reason I’ll be swapping it. Thinking a black or grey leather, fabric is not a bad idea either.
    On the rubber mounts I looked all over and Etsy had them for a reasonable price (bought the adhesive there too). The company that they get them from is in California but for some reason I cannot buy them directly. I’ll likely be buying feet for both pieces. I’ll gladly post pics after this weekends progress
     
  8. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    The chair was given to me in that condition by a rather slender gentleman. ;)

    Pretty sure it's just an inexpensive knock-off that wasn't built using quality materials. ;)
     
  9. rewind67

    rewind67 Junior Member

    cool—looking forward to seeing how it goes. The mounts are ok on mine; but I definitely need to replace the feet. Will be interested to see how that turns out for you.
     
  10. Audionut

    Audionut Next Round Is On Me

    I’ll be sure to post progress and possibly completion pics this weekend. They do call for a 24-72 hour full cure time for the adhesive. If I get them Friday I’ll glue them up and hopefully assemble it all Sunday. Will try to refinish the wood in between time.
     
  11. Audionut

    Audionut Next Round Is On Me

    Well I bought the mounts over the weekend and was promised 3-5 business day delivery. I received a note that they barely shipped today!:mad: Looks like a Monday delivery now. :confused:
     
  12. rewind67

    rewind67 Junior Member

    I hear you. There should be a name for it: the amount of time you have for a project is inversely proportional to the shipping delay on the part you need.
     
  13. Audionut

    Audionut Next Round Is On Me

    Well they noted their quote was for “shipping” not delivery.....:chin:confused: 3-5 days to ship, oh well....
     

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