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Desire/Acquire: Eames Walnut Stool

Charles and Ray Eames have won over my heart but not necessarily my paycheck. Even still, I've had my eye on the duo's iconic Walnut Stools ($829) from the day I spotted them in the corner at Room & Board. Originally made in 1960 for the Time Life Building in New York, the steep price tag is more reflective of modern times. I can't stomach spending nearly a thousand dollars on the splendid stool even if it does double-duty as a foot rest, side table, and extra seating. Fortunately I stumbled upon a similar design but at less than a third of the price. To see the budget-friendly option just

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House Eclectic's Spool Stool ($305) is strikingly similar in design and nearly the same exact size as the walnut stools. While it does lack the famous label, beautiful finish, and solid wood construction, it makes up for it with color — the Spool is available in 10 different color choices! The options are endless with this fun replica, but I especially love that a trio of the economical furnishings cost less than just one of the Eames's famed stool.

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mslewis mslewis 6 years
I would never buy a knockoff of an Eames, but the copy does look nice and three of them together in front of a fireplace would look good.
lollofit lollofit 6 years
Ooooh... hate to say it, because I don't have the budget for the original either, but I have to say that I'm a total purist when it comes to Eames' furniture. Something's just lost for me in the knock off that wouldn't be worth anywhere near $300
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