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  • Fakes in the marketplace: Emeco settles with IKEA over copyright question

    American furniture brand Emeco has accepted an out-of-court settlement from IKEA after accusing the Swedish furniture giant of copying its Emeco 20-06 stacking aluminum chair, designed by British architect Norman Foster. The agreement makes clear that Emeco owns the intellectual property rights to the 20-06 chair, which was designed by Foster in 2006.

    Emeco had claimed that IKEA's stacking Melltorp dining chair was "very, very similar" to its own product. IKEA disagreed with the claim.

     

    norman-foster-emeco-chair_dezeen_banner Norman Foster's 20-06 Chair (on the left) is handmade from 80 per cent recycled aluminum and retails for around $900 in North America. IKEA's stacking Melltorp Chair (right) features a powder-coated steel frame and a polypropylene seat and backrest and retails for $15. It is still for sale on the IKEA Canada website.

     

    The settlement is the latest victory for Emeco, which has resorted to legal action to protect its designs on several occasions in the past.

    In 2013 it reached a settlement with the US furniture giant Restoration Hardware, which it had accused of copying its iconic aluminum Navy Chair. Restoration Hardware agreed to cease selling the product.

     

    Emeco-chair_dezeen_3 Emeco has been making their aluminum Navy Chairs using a unique 77 step process since 1944. Given the 150 year warranty, chairs produced for battle in WWII are still under warranty today. Now that's shelf life! As a plus the chairs are beautiful, simple, clean and made of aluminum - three times the strength of steel.

     

    Emeco's CEO Gregg Buchbinder expressed his frustration at firms that copied their products, "It's something that, as a manufacturer that puts a lot of time and effort into the development and research and everything else, is a very hard thing to swallow."

    In a related story Airbnb replaced a set of eight aluminum chairs at its new San Francisco headquarters after Emeco pointed out that they were fake Navy Chairs.

     

    Airbnb-removes-knockoff-Emeco-Navy-Chairs-from-new-headquarters_dezeen_1sq The Emeco Navy Chair is one of the most widely copied designs of the last century and Emeco has been active in the courts to protect its intellectual property.

     

    Emeco’s experience with fighting replicas and reproductions of its designs is a small part of the ongoing problem of fakes in the marketplace.

    Recently the delivery of 100 replicas of Danish designer Hans J. Wegner’s Round Chair were seized and destroyed by Norwegian customs.

     

    Hans-wegner-round-chair-pp-mobler_Dezeen_936_3 The Round Chair, often simply referred to as The Chair, is "absolutely the most important work of Hans J Wegner". Its design features a curved wooden back and arms made of a single piece of solid wood.

     

    In the UK, manufacturing and selling copies of mass-produced designs won't be illegal until after 2020, when a new copyright protection law will be introduced to give industrially manufactured items the same protection as works of art, books or music.

    The change to the law followed a wide debate on copyright for furniture designs after the British prime minister's wife purchased a reproduction of the Castiglioni brothers' iconic 1962 Arco Floor Lamp in 2011.

     

    The Flos Arco Floor Lamp is another design icon that has been endlessly copied by replica manufacturers. The Flos Arco Floor Lamp is another design icon that has been endlessly copied by replica manufacturers.

     

    The copying of original design eats away at the very creativity of the design industry. GRShop and Gabriel Ross only sell original and authentic furnishings and objects. We strongly urge you not to be seduced by the lower prices of fakes and replicas - you really won't be happy long term with your purchase. Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation.

    Customers in the USA can purchase many of GRShop's products at ModernPlanet.com and receive the same great customer service and free shipping.

  • Jens Risom turns 100! Best wishes to this Danish design icon.

    Born in Denmark in 1916, Jens Risom turned 100 last week. Congratulations to this iconic designer!

    Risom left Denmark for the United States in 1938 and was working as a freelancer in New York City specializing in furniture and textiles when  he met Hans Knoll. The pair collaborated on an exhibition for the New York World’s Fair. Knoll asked Risom, who had been searching for a promoter and manufacturer, to help him design interiors for clients around New York.

     

    13172991_10153409937761441_6895372829125972022_o Jens Risom at home in New Canaan, Connecticut.

     

    In 1942 they printed the first Knoll Catalog, which included 15 pieces designed by Risom — the very first furniture to be commissioned specifically by Knoll. Working ingeniously within the constraints of wartime material shortages, Risom developed several chairs and tables using essentially scraps of wood and rejected nylon straps from parachute production. Despite these constraints, Risom was able to design innovative and truly modern pieces of furniture, a selection of which were reintroduced by Knoll in 1994.

     

    risom_-_sitting_stool_18 The Jens Risom Lounge Chair, Side Chair and Sitting Stool are available in three wood frame finishes and ten different coloured webbing material.

     

    Jens Risom's 600 Series. Image from the Knoll Archive. Jens Risom's 600 Series. Image from the Knoll Archive.

     

    The Jens Risom Lounge Chair with arms The Lounge Chair's combination of gentle curves and geometric angles exhibit Risom's Scandinavian design sensibilities. The Jens Risom Lounge Chair (shown here with arms) is a combination of gentle curves and geometric angles that exhibit Risom's Scandinavian design sensibilities.

     

    In 1943, Risom left Knoll to join the U.S. Army. He returned to the United States in 1946 to launch his own design firm, Jens Risom Design, which he ran until the early 1970s. Jens Risom lives in New Canaan, Connecticut.

    Always be sure you are buying original and authentic products. Look for the logo and ask questions of the seller. Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation.

    Customers in the USA can purchase many of GRShop's products at ModernPlanet.com and receive the same great customer service and free shipping.

  • Enjoy 15% off Magis, Mattiazzi, Geiger and Maharam - May 5 - 17

    Enjoy 15% off Magis, Mattiazzi, Geiger and Maharam - May 5 - 17, as well as all Herman Miller items.

    Magis

    Magis gives you more choices—for indoors and out, for the lounge, the café, the patio, the lobby and the classroom. By combining craft with industrial process Magis products deliver beyond expectations. It makes sense since Magis means “more than” in Latin. While delivering more, Magis uses less—material and energy—a commitment Magis shares with Herman Miller.

     

    dog_house Magis works with top designers from around the world, such as Hong Kong based Michael Young who, in 2001, designed a fun and very functional doghouse.

     

    Designed by the Milan firm Design Group Italia, the Magis Lyra Stool owes a lot to the way Charles Eames used bent wood. You can see the influence in the graceful molding of the stool’s beech plywood seat. Designed by the Milan firm Design Group Italia, the Magis Lyra Stool owes a lot to the way Charles Eames used bent wood. You can see the influence in the graceful molding of the stool’s beech plywood seat. Available in three height options.

     

    Designed by Ron Arad, 2011, this fun outdoor chair is available in eight brilliant colours. The Magis Raviolo Chair, designed by Ron Arad, 2011, is a fun outdoor chair available in eight brilliant colours.

     

    Mattiazzi

    Among contemporary furniture manufacturers, Mattiazzi, the family owned producer of wooden furniture in Udine, Italy, is uncommon. While many producers rely on third party factories and work in diverse materials, Mattiazzi operates with their own machines and has developed a healthy obsession for woodworking. Founded in 1978, Mattiazzi has steadily cultivated its local manufacturing culture.

     

    Designed by Konstantin Grcic, the low slung Medici Chair is a love song to the material - wood. Says Grcic, “I like the idea of wood cut into planks, which is how it is processed in the first place: the tree slices into planks.” Available in four finish options. Designed by Konstantin Grcic, the low slung Medici Chair is a love song to material - wood. Says Grcic, “I like the idea of wood cut into planks, which is how it is processed in the first place: the tree sliced into planks.” Available in four finish options.

     

    With a name inspired by a café conversation between a man and woman, the She Said Chair is a softer version of its counterpart, the He Said Chair. The stackable She Said Chair has graceful, solid wood carpentry that sits beautifully in a dining room, guest room, or home office. It’s available in black anilin beech, white lacquered beech and natural ash. With a name inspired by a café conversation between a man and woman, the She Said Chair is a softer version of its counterpart, the He Said Chair. The stackable She Said Chair has graceful, solid wood carpentry that sits beautifully in a dining room, guest room, or home office. It’s available in black anilin beech, white lacquered beech and natural ash.

     

    Geiger

    In 1964 John Geiger was building furniture by hand—while building a culture of quality that flourishes today. His love of and respect for the materials he worked with set new international standards in wood furniture manufacturing. Today, Geiger’s excellent reputation for design, engineering and craftsmanship continues to enhance business interiors with an elegant and intelligent portfolio of great design for the modern office.

     

    Isay Weinfeld's Domino Storage is comprised of an array of rectangular modules that are smartly edited to reflect the basic storage needs of today. Its spare, rectilinear form sets the stage for the exuberance of its quarter-turned wood fronts. Finished on all sides, the piece can serve anywhere in a room, and in settings formal or casual. The Geiger Domino Storage Credenza and Sideboard comes in a huge variety of options and finishes. Isay Weinfeld's Domino Storage Credenza and Sideboard is comprised of an array of rectangular modules that are smartly edited to reflect the basic storage needs of today. Its spare, rectilinear form sets the stage for the exuberance of its quarter-turned wood fronts. Finished on all sides, the piece can serve anywhere in a room, and in settings formal or casual. The Geiger Domino Storage Credenza and Sideboard comes in a huge variety of options and finishes.

     

    The I Beam Coffee Table’s versatile design pays tribute to modern architecture and industrial precision. Top is black painted cast aluminum base with high-quality glass or stone for a contemporary coffee table with distinctive character, style—and a hint of wit. The I Beam Coffee Table’s versatile design pays tribute to modern architecture and industrial precision. The black painted cast aluminum base with a top of high-quality glass or stone makes for a contemporary coffee table with distinctive character, style—and a hint of wit. Available in glass or marble.

     

    Maharam

    Maharam was founded in 1902 by Louis Maharam, a Russian immigrant to the US. Through the generations, Maharam evolved from a source of theatrical textiles for costume and set design in the 1940s to a pioneer of performance-driven textiles for commercial interiors in the '60s. GRShop and Gabriel Ross offer Maharam's pillows and cushions to add colour and fun to your rooms.

     

    Designed by Verner Panton the Unisol Pillow has a cotton insert with duck feather fill. Designed by Verner Panton the Unisol Pillow has a cotton insert with duck feather fill.

     

    Designed by Alexander Girard, the Palio Striped Pillow will add colour to your furnishings. Add several others in the same range and you will have completed your room. Designed by Alexander Girard, the Palio Striped Pillow will add colour to your furnishings. Add several others in the same colour range and you will have completed your room.

     

    Designed by Konstantin Grcic, the Maharam Tube Bag has a polyurethane shell and a padded interior. Designed by Konstantin Grcic, the Maharam Tube Bag has a polyurethane shell and a padded interior.

     

    Always be sure you are buying original and authentic products. Look for the logo and ask questions of the seller. Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation.

    Customers in the USA can purchase many of GRShop's products at ModernPlanet.com and receive the same great customer service and free shipping.

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