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Eames Lounge Chair: Walnut or Palisander Veneers?
Walnut, palisander, santos palisander, veneer,
so many names! So little time! What are we talking about today? We’re talking
about wood, the base, the hard part of the Eames lounge chair (and what makes it an
actual chair that you can sit on).
Eames Lounge Chair
To make sure the design of an Eames is correct,
there are a handful of woods that actually get to compose the finish. This is
because the wood must not only be beautiful, it must be sturdy (yet flexible),
and thick (yet not very rough).
Most great replicas will offer you two options:
walnut and palisander (also known as rosewood). Here we will examine both of
A brief history of walnut
The walnut tree (
juglans major) is a very big plant that bears some tasty nuts (or
wal-nuts, maybe?). Its wood has been a staple of furniture manufacturing for
centuries, especially in Europe. Some people associate it with wisdom and
knowledge, and this ancient belief permeates the timber itself, and the plywood
that ultimately ends up on the Eames.
The pattern that it creates is very complex and
rich, and the finished product is of a very light color that does perfectly
well in office settings and homes with darker walls, to keep the contrast
expected in a mid-century setting.
It doesn’t have any noticeable smell, but what
it lacks in tone it makes up for in versatility. White spaces welcome walnut
objects very well, along with gray areas. It also plays well with green colors
on curtains, pillows or couches (for example). The walnut veneer used in MHD’s
lounge chair is not too dark, so it fits these categories perfectly.
A brief history of rosewood
Eames Lounge Chair Replica
Palisander is a bit more varied in tone,
stemming from two main sources: Brazilian rosewood (
dalbergia nigra), and East Indian rosewood (dalbergia latifolia). It is rich in smell and texture, and it can
be a bit more dramatic than walnut, so to speak.
Its reddish color is noticeably more “brown”
than walnut and will probably play better in spaces that feature a lot of wood
as well, which makes it ideal for home settings. Don’t pay too much attention
to tone if you’re combining different woods while doing some interior design
the important thing is to make everything look cozy, yet solid.
Palisander is more associated with feelings of
luxury, wealth, pride, and beauty. It has been one of the staple woods for
great guitars, and other musical instruments, since the beginnings of the 20
century. This particular name is a French loanword that actually originated
from Dutch and it references the rich tonality found on the fresh timber of the
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