FT.com / Weekend / House & Home – Degrees of difference

“The architect Marcel Breuer probably never thought one of his seating designs would prompt a legal battle. But when furniture manufacturer Knoll spotted that a German company, Tecta, had, since 1982, been making a tubular steel stool – more precisely the B9 that Breuer designed in 1925 for the Bauhaus architecture school canteen – it took its case to a court, which eventually ruled that Tecta should hand over all the profits it had made from its version.

And yet the decision highlighted a grey area in furniture design copyright. Tecta argued that it had signed a contract with the Berlin Bauhaus Archive, based on an agreement with Breuer’s widow….”

Read more at  FT.com  –    Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2009

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: