Back in April, Chloe magazine featured Canadian designer Meredith Heron's office. Gorgeous isn't it? To say it instantly made the rounds on the blogosphere would be an understatement.
Then, in August, the office below made the rounds, credited as the original work of another interior designer.
Notice the wallpaper, the similar bookcase setup and the black and white chairs present in both offices. Brass desk and lacquered black bookcase in one case; brass bookcases and black lacquered desk in the other.
I'm not pointing out similarities to point fingers, but more to get a sense of what you think is right or wrong. We all get inspired by other people's work. That's how creativity initiates, and how great things get made.
Do you think that as a design professional, you need to give credit where inspiration is due? And if so, at what point does it need to be mentioned? After you've borrowed one element? Two? Three? Is there a limit to how much you can borrow of another person's design?
I know these things happen a lot in the design world. Graphic design is especially at risk. I can't recount how many times I've read of bloggers who's graphics had been stolen and used as someone else's work.
In interior design, it's not quite that straightforward. One one side, we've got an incredible selection of products to choose from. On the other side we've got trends (black and white stripes, polka dots, Prada Marfa signs)... Things reappear from one room design to another, and we've come to expect that (how many powder rooms have we seen covered in Scalamandre's zebra wallpaper).
All you creative professionals, bloggers and designers out there, what are you thoughts on this situation?
Would you have done anything differently?