Airbnb is being sued for copying a French designer’s house

Airbnb is being sued for copying a French designer’s house

A French interior designer is suing Airbnb because the company allegedly copied her home decor without permission or credit, reports The Mirror.

ZoĂ© de las Cases, who rents out her flat on the service said a friend had noticed Airbnb’s San Francisco offices looked alarmingly similar to her home.

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In one photo of the company’s HQ, she even found the same picture of her grandmother that sits on a shelf in her kitchen in one part of the offices.

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Cases has grounds for complaint since Airbnb founder Brian Chesky reportedly stayed at her home for three nights four years ago. 

“They never asked [for permission] and I have never been mentioned [by Airbnb], I felt completely dispossessed of my flat. You could say that I felt I had been raped,” she told The Times newspaper in Britain.

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In the above photo, a yellow Eames rocking chair features prominently in the promotional images of her home.

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In this photo however, from Airbnb’s offices, the same yellow rocking chair can be seen, along with a strikingly similar color palette. 

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“Very personal souvenirs, like presents and holiday souvenirs, have been reproduced,” Cases continued. The wallpaper that adorns her home was also found on the walls of the internet company.

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We have approached Airbnb for comment and will update the piece when we know more.

➀ Housing Designer sues Airbnb for ‘copying’ her Paris flat for its new headquarters after founder stayed there [The Mirror]

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