Knowledge Base

The Eames Office is dedicated to communicating, preserving and extending the work of Charles and Ray Eames. We feel that all three of those dimensions are important to keeping the office useful and vital. We believe that all of Charles and Ray’s work was the result of a way of looking at the world—a design philosophy and process that is worth sharing in many different dimensions. We also believe that creating wholly new works is as consistent with that philosophy as restoring and distributing classic ones.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  • 1. Where can I buy authentic Eames designs?

    You can buy authentic Eames designs directly from the Eames Office, please see the links at eamesgallery.com If you are in Europe or the Middle East, Vitra is the supplier of authentic Eames designs and you can find retailers near you at the following link: http://www.vitra.com/en-un/living/dealers Outside of the United States, Europe and the Middle East, you can buy authentic Eames designs from Herman Miller. Please see this link for dealers near you. http://www.hermanmiller.com/where-to-buy.html

  • 2. What's the value of my Eames design?

    Many ask us to help them determine the value of their Eames design and unfortunately, we are not able to do that. However, here's some advice. First of all, there's a tremendous amount of information available on the internet, and you can look at auction results, ebay results, etsy.com, and you can even scan such websites where antique dealers congregate, such as 1stdibs.com and vandm.com (those are two of many such sites), to see what dealers are asking for various vintage pieces. If you need to determine value for legal reasons, such as a charitable donation, insurance purposes, or an estate matter, you should seriously consider hiring a professional appraiser, some one who will work for you to objectively value your goods. At the website of the American Society of Appraisers you can find qualified appraisers in your area. Their website is http://www.appraisers.org/ASAHome.aspx Auction houses will provide some valuation advice, but their advice is generally limited to an estimate of what they think they can get for your item. Professional appraisers provide much more information. There are many types of appraisals and you should be clear as to what you need to know, when you talk to an appraiser. You can get a lot of useful information from this website, of the appraisers GILLETT & CAUDANA, who have worked with a lot of mid-century designs. http://gcappraisers.com/faqs.htm

  • 3. What's an Eames chair worth?

    We can't do valuations, but there are many sources you can turn to for that. Here are some leads. 1. Professional appraisers. www.appraisers.org 2. Ebay completed listings 3. Auction houses that specialize in mid-century designs 4. On line sales websites, such as 1stdibs.com and vandm.com 5. Professional antique dealers who are well established. Many advertise on line with websites, which you can find through search terms, and also, some advertise in national publications, such as MODERNISM. 6. There are probably several websites that offer such advice for a fee, such as Worthpoint Please note we cannot and do not take responsibility for goods and/or services provided by third parties. Please check out our bookstore, at www.eamesgallery.com There are many books there of interest to collectors. It's always helpful to learn as much as possible about any area of collecting.

  • 4. Where can i get replacement parts?

    A good first stop for replacement parts for Eames designs is Herman Miller. You can contact them at 1-800-646-4000 or by email at hmh_customer_service@hermanmiller.com Herman Miller offers replacement parts for many Eames designs. For some older Eames designs you may have to investigate third parties, and please note, neither the Eames Office nor the editor of this website can and/or does take responsibility for goods and/or services provided by third parties. For your convenience, we're listing here the websites of a few vendors that we know carry replacement parts. If you know of others, or if you are a vendor offering such parts, please contact us through this website, and we'll add you to this list. http://www.mancha.demon.co.uk/spares.html http://humemodern.com/ www.oleklejbzon.com http://www.classicdesignla.com/ You might also find parts for sale on website such as ebay.com, or at auction houses who specialize in modern design.

  • 5. Who repairs Eames designs?

    Herman Miller will do some Eames designs repairs. You can contact them at 1-800-646-4000 or by email at hmh_customer_service@hermanmiller.com For some older Eames designs you may have to investigate third parties, and please note, neither the Eames Office nor the editor of this website can and/or does take responsibility for goods and/or services provided by third parties. For your convenience, we're listing here the websites of a few vendors that we know carry replacement parts. If you know of others, or if you are a vendor offering such parts, please contact us through this website, and we'll add you to this list. http://www.mancha.demon.co.uk/spares.html http://humemodern.com/ http://www.classicdesignla.com/ Charles and Ray Eames designed goods with easily repairable, easily replaceable parts. As a result, it is often possible to have repairs made efficiently and effectively. If you don't have an experienced repair shop in your area, it may simply be a matter of sending one part of your design -- and you can disassemble these designs yourself -- to ship it off for repair.

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