Online furniture shop apologises over designs
AN ONLINE furniture shop, whose early backers include venture capitalist Robin Klein and serial entrepreneur Alex Chesterman, has apologised after it was accused of stealing designs from a freelance artist.
Swoon admitted on Instagram that its “processes have fallen down” and “needed to be improved”.
The response came after Simone Brewster, a jewellery and furniture maker, shared her experience on Twitter this week. The artist was first told to come up with ideas two years ago and she subsequently handed over her designs.
“This January I was shocked to see the pieces for sale on Swoon’s website,” she wrote on the social media platform.
Swoon said it will pay Ms Brewster for the work, plus “compensation”. It added it will overhaul the way it pays for and commissions freelance work.