Ikea taken to court for chair design theft

      Comments Off on Ikea taken to court for chair design theft

American furniture brand Emeco is to sue Ikea for damages for allegedly copying a chair designed by Norman Foster.
”We have started an action against Ikea in Germany for damages and to stop making the chair,” says Emeco chairman Gregg Buchbinder.

The American company Emeco alleges that Ikea’s Melltorp dining chair, by Swedish designer Ola Wihlborg, is similar to its 20-06 Stacking Chair, designed by Norman Foster in 2006.
Even though they are made of different material.
Emeco has filed a design right and copyright infringement case against the Swedish furniture giant at Munich District Court in Germany and a hearing is scheduled for September, writes dezeen.com

Ikea's Melltorp

Ikea’s Melltorp

“Ikea does not comment specifically on any upcoming or ongoing legal proceedings,” she said. “However, on the subject of design, Ikea never deliberately copies products sold by other companies or designers. Design is of greatest importance for Ikea and is an integral part of the Ikea vision and business idea,” says Josefin Thorell at Ikea’s group corporate communication department in a statement.

Emeco has previously taken legal actions to protect its designs on several occasions in the past. Dozen notes that in 2013 it reached a settlement with US furniture retailer Restoration Hardware, which it had accused of copying the Navy chair. Restoration Hardware agreed to cease selling the product. And in 2014, Emeco reached two settlements for copying the Navy chair and the Philippe Starck-designed Kong chair.
Home-rental brand Airbnb had to remove a set of aluminium chairs from its San Francisco headquarters after Emeco pointed out they were fake Navy chairs.

Emeco's Norman Foster chairs

Emeco’s Norman Foster chairs