A Brooklyn artist claims that Italian fashion big Ermenegildo Zegna copied his pine tree-shaped lamp design — and then used it to spruce up window displays.
The lamp in question, called “Pine,” consists of a light source “flanking an acid-etched stainless steel image” so when it’s lit, the lamp casts a pine tree-shaped shadow on the wall.
“Zegna Italy created holiday-themed decorations that reproduced the Pine design to display in the storefronts of Zegna’s many retail locations” to draw customers, artist and designer Adam Frank says in court papers.
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The copyright suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, also alleges that “since at least as early as November 2015, Zegna U.S. has used unauthorized copies of Pine in the form of decorations furnished by Zegna Italy.”
Frank, 46, has since suffered “irreparable” injury because of the copyright infringement, he claims.
Zegna declined to comment.
Frank created the Times Square art installation “Performer.”
In this installation, a spotlight projected light onto the ground and, when a person walked into it, applause would erupt, according to The Times Square Alliance.