on tuesday, we published a snarky little post on "chateau d'omg", an over the top mansion for sale in bel air. turns out an acquaintance of ours actually knew the decorator who furnished said chateau, so of course, we asked them not to point out our blog to the decorator- we would hate for anyone to get hurt by m21 being a smarty-pants at their expense, especially because in all probability, he just gave the clients what they obviously wanted. also, in truth, m21 doubts that le decoratuer would care less about our snark- after all, he is working on chateaus and cashing big ol' mansion-sized checks, while m21 merely works on homes and cashes mere powder room-sized checks, all the while writing this lil' blog and toiling in relative obscurity. ;-)
but then i googled the dude, and you know what? frankly, i don't care if his feelings get hurt!
because he is using other peoples work in his design portfolio, passing it off as his own...
how do i know this?
because a project *i* worked on over a decade ago, while working for my former firm, is on his site as an example of his work! on that project, three people, and only three people designed and executed the interiors of a beautiful home, later featured in florida design magazine, and i can assure you, mr. kenny, most certainly was NOT one of the three! i've even kept my original hand drafted elevation of the fireplace surround i helped to design (as well as the drawings of the custom furniture pieces i was responsible for), as i was so proud of the way the project turned out.
the screen capture from dude's site:
|second row of photos is the project i assisted on, and which has NOTHING to do with the dude who is embarrassingly posting it as his own work. did he really think no one would ever notice?|
my original elevation sketch for the picture in the middle of above:
|original elevation sketch of a bollection mantle/overmantle surround to highlight the client's prized dubuffet painting.|
it is simply unconscionable to post another person's work and claim it as your own. you are cheating the original creative team behind the project, as well as the original client who PAID for the work to be done, and also misleading your potential new clients by promising a level of talent and sophistication to which you clearly cannot rise, or else you'd already have that quality of work in your own portfolio! and if there is one project i KNOW this dude didn't have anything do with posted on his site, are ANY of the pictures his own work? who knows?
|does he really expect anyone to believe that the guy who designed this...|
|and who claims to have designed this...|
|also designed this?|
no matter how you slice it, appropriation of another person's work is never kosher, and it gives all of us design professionals a bad name to have this sort of blatant plagiarism in our ranks.
shame on you, mr. kenny. shame. on. you.
and no, i prefer not to directly link to mr. kenny's site. if you are really curious, you can google his name from the above screen capture... first thing that comes up is his site, and the second, is work done for his most famous client, and *that* name will tell you everything you need to know about the decorator in question- if chateau d'omg didn't already, that is...