Representatives of the Pirate Party protested yesterday the destruction of furniture which have been used in Reykjavík City Hall for years. It turned out that the furniture which the city had bought in good faith were replicas of Cassina sofas designed by Le Corbusier.
“It’s just waste of good furniture. If we lived in a sensible society, the furniture would have been donated to Góði hirðirinn [second-hand store] or a similar institution. But now the producer has so much arrogance that no one can sit in a sofa because it looks like furniture he made,” Pirate Party member Hans Margrétarson Hansen told Stöð 2.
Skúli Rósantsson, owner of furniture store Casa and the agent for Cassina in Iceland, said the city had responded correctly in the matter; Cassina requested in December that the replicas be destroyed and the original design bought instead.
“The case is being closed and it must be closed this way. The city handled the matter very professionally and the matter is being solved in a professional way—and Cassina in Italy is content,” Skúli commented.