On­line fur­ni­ture shop apol­o­gises over de­signs

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - By Laura Onita

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.

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