A wooden Aldi table and clothes rack has caused outrage among the design community
The Aldi Natural Wood Side Table, retailing for $69.99, was due to be on sale as a Special Buy item on Wednesday.
But the store said it’s had to pull the item “due to production issues”.
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The DIA claims the table is a copy of Australian designer Mark Tuckey’s Egg Cup stool, which sells for more than $550.
Another ALDI product, a clothes rack, is a copy of one designed by Siobhan Glass.
Miss Glass House took to Facebook to air her grievances with the Aldi product:
“Hey ALDI Australia remember this catalogue early September last year?
My Clothes Airer #2 was used as a prop to sell your towel set (image 1). Customers went crazy thinking it was part of your range… it appears you have been very inspired judging by your catalogue starting tomorrow with your range of Clothes Airers (image 2). Even the towel placement is exactly the same!!
The tapered ends, the leather strap and the hooks on the side were the details that made this design unique to my brand.
Make your own towel rack but don’t take the unique details away from a small Melbourne furniture designer like me. There’s room for us all to run our businesses without having to step on each other toes.
Spare a thought for us creative small businesses who rely heavily on a small range of products to pay our rent and put food on the table for our families. You know we can’t compete with you and this is exactly why you do it.”
A petition on the DIA’s website calls for Aldi to pull both items from shelves and apologise to the designers.
An Aldi Australia spokesperson told Yahoo7 the reason the table was not sold on Wednesday was due to a “production issue in relation to Australian Quarantine”.
“The product needs to undergo further treatment before it is sold in ALDI stores,” the spokesperson said.
“We can confirm it will be available to purchase on Wednesday, 29th August.”
Australia’s current Intellectual Property laws are grossly inadequate. IP Australia is currently considering if Australia should join The Hague Agreement. This would afford Australian designers protection against replicas in multiple countries or regions with minimal formalities.
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