After unveiling a furniture collection designed by ex-Diesel artistic director Nicola Formichetti and Belgian designer Pieter Jan Mattan, Japanese design subscription service Kamarq has pull several pieces from the capsule. After its initial announcement, people began to notice similarities between the collection and a previous release by designer Ana Kras for Matter Made back in 2015.
After the allegations were made — and picked up by accounts including Diet Prada — Kamarq decided to pull the designs in question from the collection’s launch, with Mattan addressing the claims of plagiarism in a statement. In the statement, Mattan acknowledged other influences (including Mario Bellini’s Il Colonnato tables from the 1970s), as well as admitting “that certain pieces could also be attributed to the work of designer Ana Kras for Matter.”
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WOW ? Few months ago a serbian/japanese friend from Tokyo sent me a screengrab of @kamarqjp post with a collection that looked like a version of ‘Slon’ collection I designed for @mattermade in 2015 and was named ‘Elephant’. We laughed at it because ‘Slon’ means ‘Elephant’ in our mother tongue and it was an obnoxious copy of not only the look but even the name! Wow. Really glad I saved that screengrab. Today I received many messages showing me the NYC launch of that same collection by the same brand – proudly stating it’s a collaboration between @nicolaformichetti and @pjmattan ??? Even presented on the same street in NYC, few blocks away from where I first showed ‘Slon’ collection at Matter in 2015. I don’t know who any of those people are and what they’ve been thinking, but this is so ridiculous. To even translate the name?! Who does that? Who copies the name too? How lazy. Impressive. I wonder if they decided to change the name for the launch, thinking it might be too much of a hint.. ? Btw this guy @pjmattan who apparently co-designed this was at my ‘Slon’ launch at @matterstore in 2015 and even posted it on his IG (picture 5) Well glad to see you liked it PJ Mattan Also – @camronpr promoting this? For real? WOW ?? Thank you to everyone for support ? x A