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Kim Kardashian Faces Lawsuit Over 'Knockoff' Furniture Designs

Kim Kardashian Faces Lawsuit Over 'Knockoff' Furniture Designs

The world of interior design is buzzing with controversy as the estate of minimalist contemporary artist Donald Judd files a lawsuit against Kim Kardashian.

The lawsuit alleges that the fashion and beauty mogul promoted "cheap knockoffs" of Judd's iconic furniture designs.

Kim Kardashian, known for her divisive interior design aesthetic, is at the center of this legal storm.

Her recent venture, Skkn by Kim, a makeup company, features an office space that has become the epicenter of the dispute.

Donald Judd, an artist and sculptor, left an indelible mark on minimalist art. His designs emphasize clean, whole shapes and industrial materials.

Among his iconic pieces are the La Mansana Table and Chair 84, which have become sought-after treasures in the world of furniture design.

The interior design firm Clements Design, based in Los Angeles, played a pivotal role in creating the furniture for Kardashian's office.

However, their involvement has now thrust them into the legal crossfire.The crux of the lawsuit lies in a 2022 YouTube video posted by Kardashian. In the video, she gives a guided tour of the Skkn by Kim offices, showcasing a sleek, large-scale wooden table and matching chairs.

These pieces closely resemble Judd's famous designs. Kardashian's enthusiastic endorsement of these items raised eyebrows, leading viewers to believe they were authentic Judd creations.

"These Donald Judd tables are really amazing and totally blend in with the seats," Kardashian states in the video, moving a chair to demonstrate.

Little did she know that her praise would ignite a legal firestorm. The Judd Foundation alleges that Clements Design manufactured these copycat versions, misleading viewers into thinking they were genuine Judd pieces.

The Judd Foundation's lawsuit against Kardashian and Clements Design includes several claims:

Trademark Infringement: The knockoff furniture falsely bore the Judd trademark,

Copyright Infringement, Unauthorized replication of Judd's designs,

False Endorsement - Kardashian's endorsement implied Judd's association and also False Advertising, misleading viewers about the furniture's origin,

Unfair Competition: Undermining Judd's legacy.

Judd's original La Mansana Table is priced at a staggering $90,000, while each chair retails for $9,000. Kardashian's imitation pieces, however, lacked authenticity.

The Judd Foundation categorically prohibits using purchased Donald Judd furniture for marketing purposes, further fueling the legal battle.

"The existence of inauthentic furniture undermines the integrity of his original work," ​says Rainer Judd, president of the Judd Foundation.

Donald Judd's legacy, celebrated at museums worldwide, hangs in the balance as this lawsuit unfolds.

In the world of design, authenticity matters. For Kim Kardashian, the allure of minimalist furniture turned into a legal quagmire.