I was excited to get this piece. I love the original Shell Chair, Designed by Hans J. Wegner. This replica looks great from a distance but before we talk about aesthetics, let's talk nuts and bolts. The instructions to put the chair together were bad, just awful. The pictures and the step by step (didn't have a step by step) were confusing. The list of parts didn't match what was included. I was left to learn which screws were needed where and even then, the holes did not align well and it took two people pushing, pulling and applying just the right amount of pressure to get it to finally come together. When it was done, from a distant viewing, it looks awesome. Up close...not so much. The "walnut" finish is not walnut. This manufacture uses one type of plywood and then applies a spray on finish to resemble the base color of the wood type they claim the finish is. There were several spots that were filled with putty, and large amounts at that. This was my second time around with this chair; the first one I returned because of obvious damage incurred at the manufactures site, lines and scratched on the underside of the seats wood finish from the drying racks and a dent on one of the edges. If this chair was going into a more common area of my home, I would return it and get an original.
Yes, we know it's an affordable Knock-off of the original. The original is a few thousand, this one is a few hundred. It's decent for the price, but it's got many flaws. As others have said, it is extremely difficult to put together, and I am really good and experienced at putting furniture together. The key is to do the bottom plate first and keep all screws very loose, don't tighten until all in and then tighten little by little all around. That wasn't so bad, but took a while to figure out, since the instructions tell you nothing. But, it didn't come with all the right screws needed, and the washers where too small. A trip to the hardware store easily fixed this problem. The cushions, which go on last, ended up being the biggest problem. Truly impossible to get on! The bottom one I finally gave up on and only have 3 screws in, the 4th is empty. Aside from that, the fake black pleather is definitely pleather, and looks it. But my biggest complaint is that the bottom metal bracket that holds the chair together is big and clunky and it shows. This is a very visual chair, almost more a design statement than furniture, and when you look at it across the room you can see the metal plate and screws protruding from the bottom. Visually it really bothers me. This does not exist on the original, and it really is what hurts this knock off the most. All that said, I got it on sale and it was the best price around, it feels sturdy. But, if I saw this in a store all put together, I don't think I would have purchased it.
love the look of this chair - comfy for a long read with the Hans Andersen Home Olsen Style Ottoman. 3-stars because it could have been packed better - some nicks in the front of the seat, but nothing a walnut stain pen couldn't handle. It is gorgeous!