TL shoots: Radical design in Vilvoorde, Belgium
A clamshell crane at the site of Stallaert Recycling destroyed approximately seventy-five counterfeits of world famous Le Corbusier furniture, for which Cassina has the exclusive worldwide production rights. The imitation armchairs and chaise-longues were seized on several occasions from various locations including a cocktail bar, the showroom of a store and the warehouse of an internet trader. “The counterfeit industry offers illegal copies of inferior quality, without paying royalties and development costs”, declared Alessandro Buffoni, Benelux Country Manager at Cassina. “It is estimated that 5 to 7 % of world trade concerns counterfeits, and that it is fuelled by organizations also involved in arms and drugs trafficking. Counterfeits kill creativity and not only do they threaten the furniture industry, but virtually all other industries too. The destruction of these imitations is therefore an important signal to the market.”
How to recognize an original Le Corbusier LC2 or LC4?
An original ‘Le Corbusier’ is distinguished by certain clearly identifiable elements indelibly marked on each product: the signature of the designers, the model name, the production serial number which corresponds to the number on the product’s identity card, and the Cassina I Maestri logo. Since 2010 the Cassina brand name is also visible on the LC2, LC3 and LC4 frames.