Whilst searching for your favourite designer piece of furniture you will probably notice the huge price variation between suppliers. It may be tempting to pay in the region of £600 instead of £6000 for an Eames Lounge chair, for example. But you would almost certainly be buying a copy. Does this matter? Well it depends on your point of view. If you want to enjoy its every detail on a daily basis you may well feel let down in buying a copy. And if you want to keep the chair in your family for many years and pass it on to future generations, a copy is unlikely to be for you - it's unlikely to last the distance! An authorised version is made by trained, dedicated craftsmen and will last a lifetime. This is combined with product guarantees as well as the availability of parts and a repair service if required further down the line. A copy is an unauthorised version, made with inferior materials and without the designer's permission. If you want a design classic which is built to last, buy authentic and you won't be disappointed.