Though often a friend to the design world, especially to those of us who want to own a little piece of Michael Graves or Marcel Wanders on a writer’s budget, Target has really missed the mark with a blatant Le Corbusier knockoff. Our friends at GenuineDesign.com spell it out nicely for us:
Only Cassina, the world famous Milan furniture manufacturer, makes authentic Le Corbusier® furniture. Cassina’s production of Le Corbusier designs is protected by an exclusive, worldwide rights license drawn up in 1964, granted by the Fondation Le Corbusier and the co-authors. According to the Fondation Le Corbusier “all pieces of furniture which do not bear the logotype Cassina, the signature of Le Corbusier and the production number are counterfeits”.
Target is selling two items that it calls the Le Corbusier Petite Sofa ($1118.99) and the Le Corbusier Petite Chair ($558.99), which are also available as a set ($1676.99). Both items are sold out online, and those savvy shoppers seem to have gotten a pretty close fake:
Because the furniture for sale at Target is not made or licensed by Cassina, we can only assume that the big box retailer’s legal team has been spending a little too much time in the boxed wine aisle. But hey, if they’re lucky maybe Target will start selling Harvard Law degrees too.