Tuesday, January 29, 2008

An artful plagiarism in children's furniture

Here's a good way to give your kid some culture with their need for speed / need for arctic animals: a polar bear rocker. A rocking bear, if you will. The culture aspect comes from the origin of the bear, which incidentally, Netto doesn't mention on their product page: a sculpture by François Pompon in the Musée D'Orsay. I recognized it as I happened to sketch the sculpture in my journal while abroad in college. At the time, it seemed to me that Coca-Cola was quoting Pompon's Ours Blanc in their polar bear ads. Netto's use is less subtle — it's exactly the same. Nice use of fine art, but they should probably give some credit somewhere.

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