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/display/newscorpaustralia.com/Web/NewsNetwork/Lifestyle - syndicated/ The Aldi replica of the Mark Tuckey Egg Cup stool was pulled from the shelves the night before it was due to go on sale.Source:Supplied IT WAS the wooden stool that had homeware fanatics excited after weeks of promotion by discount retailer Aldi. The $69 item was due to go on sale this morning as part of the retailer’s Special Buys homeware sale and was seen as a budget-version of the iconic Mark Tuckey Egg Cup stool, which retails for more than $550 in some designer outlets across the country. But the German supermarket decided to pull the product from sale the night before it was due to hit the shelves. Posting on their Facebook page , Aldi said the stool was no longer available, and that “production issues” were to blame. But just hours before Aldi’s announcement that the stool would not be part of the sale, the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) launched a petition demanding the German retailer pull “copied products” from sale , and that a public apology was to be issued directly to Australian designer Mark Tuckey. DIA chief executive officer Jo-Ann Kellock told news.com.au she had talked to Aldi about the replica and that the sale of “cheap” copies was getting “ridiculous”. “It’s getting so blatant,” she told news.com.au. “Australia’s current intellectual property laws are grossly inadequate. IP Australia is currently considering if Australia should join the Hague Agreement (which) would afford Australian designers protection against replicas in multiple countries or regions with minimal formalities.” Jo-Ann Kellock from the Design Institute of Australia wants greater protection for Australian designers.Source:SuppliedSource:Supplied Aldi declined to clarify what the “production issue” that prevented the sale was when approached by news.com.au. They did, however, say that the item would now be available in late August. Ms Kellock said the replica items created an unfair playing field for designers, and was a “growing issue” for the creatives who put work and effort into developing a design.
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