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Urban Outfitters in an unlikely home for an Eames-chair knockoff.  

Thanks to a decade’s worth of mid-century modern-furniture cultism, Eames originals cost a fortune. Even official reproductions are pricey: Herman Miller’s version of the DRK-2 bent-wire chair, designed by Charles and Ray in 1951, starts at $549. So this knockoff, sold at Urban Outfitters for only $60 (call 800-282-2200 for locations; $49 if you order through, is a particularly pleasant surprise. Design snobs may not approve, but since elite pricing was never the point of Eames furniture—it was meant to be functional and affordable to the masses—you can tell them you’re simply keeping the couple’s spirit alive.


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