In 2016, Australian lighting designer Christopher Boots received an offer that some makers would dream of: to design a collection for RH. He said no. It kicked off a chain of events that, three years later, has led to a lawsuit.
Last year, Williams Sonoma filed a bombshell trademark infringement case against Amazon, alleging that the e-commerce leviathan had established an unauthorized “store” and copied several of its designs. Now we have the first significant decision the case: A California judge has denied Amazon’s request to dismiss the suit.
In 2014, Laurel & Wolf emerged as one of the interior design industry’s most promising startups. Earlier this year, it quietly sputtered to a close. Business of Home analyzes how unstable management, lavish spending, and logistical nightmares led to the company’s downfall.
The buzzy Los Angeles–based furniture brand’s co-founder, Mat Sanders, opens up to Business of Home about the pitfalls of scaling too fast, why Consort hit a rough patch, and how the company will make a comeback this season.
Williams-Sonoma is taking Amazon to court over the claim that one of Amazon’s private label collections, Rivet, was selling nearly identical product to some popular West Elm furnishings. The suit also contains claims of dilution and unfair competition.