Today’s market offers you a lot of different and enticing options when it comes to purchasing things that you care about.

Most of the time, people don’t really bat an eye at whether something that they need for their home because they know that if the price is right, quality will usually follow.

However, when it comes to choosing a luxury item, there is something that matters more than price: authenticity. Did you know that more than 50% of the items currently being auctioned on the art market are fakes? Elaborate forgeries that cost hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions of dollars.

The Eames Lounge Chair is one of the most sought-after objects in the world. People buy and sell replicas by the thousands every year, but only a handful get to sit on a real one.

If you’re reading, you’ve probably considered getting an Eames, so, should you buy a replica? Or should you buy the original design?

Comparing the two choices for the Eames Lounge chair

The authentic, 1956 design of the Eames chair currently sells for about $6000, worldwide, via Herman Miller or Vitra, and you can customize it as much as you want.

Other websites, such as the collector’s den Eames.com, will ask about $4500 for one (and there will be fewer design choices).

An original Eames chair usually has this defining features: five legs for the chair, four for the ottoman. 32 inches from the base to the top of chair.

A specific reclining angle and capability. Steep legs. An assortment of quality certification seals on the bottom. The ottoman itself (last but not least).

A very good replica of the Eames chair will be available through a plethora of websites and furniture warehouses for a fraction of the price.

The problem lies in the fact many of them will probably fail to comply with all of the above specifications, and many of them will be made from poor quality materials.

So, which one should I get?

If you have the money, get yourself an authentic Eames chair. But let’s be real: if you did have the money, you probably wouldn’t be reading this.

So, the correct answer is: get yourself a great replica! A true-to-design copy will set you back around $1500 (at most), and now that you know what makes an authentic Eames chair authentic, you can look for these features online and make an informed choice.