A Lisa Frank hotel pop-up sold out in less than an hour. An independent artist living next door says it's a rip-off of her Insta-famous apartment.

Business Insider | 10/19/2019 | Kat Tenbarge
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An independent artist known for her vibrant home decor has accused a hotel pop-up of copying her designs without crediting or compensating her.

Amina Mucciolo lives in a pastel paradise of her own design in downtown LA. Her personal home decor, which she calls her "Cloudland" installation, went viral in 2017.

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Mucciolo's personal style and artwork were noticed by the Lisa Frank Instagram account, which followed her, commented on her posts, reposted her posts, and sent her DMs several times in 2017 and 2018. Mucciolo shared screenshots of the interactions with Insider.

In early October, hotels.com announced that it was partnering with Lisa Frank for a hotel pop-up in a penthouse suite designed with the iconic cutesy, rainbow brand. Reservations sold out in under an hour.

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Immediately, Mucciolo's fans began to notice striking similarities between the pop-up's design and Mucciolo's home. Not only were the two spaces decorated with vibrant, colorful prints, but the penthouse itself had the same layout and design elements as "Cloudland," down to stuffed animals on the kitchen shelves and a nearly identical kitchen table and chairs.

Shortly after, Mucciolo told Insider she received an invitation to take a "first look" at the "Lisa Frank Flat." That's when she realized it was housed in her apartment building's sister facility across the street.

Mucciolo - Eviction - Apartment - Management - Company

Mucciolo, who is facing eviction after her apartment's management company refused to accept her rent payment in August, began speaking out about what she believes are large corporations stealing and profiting off her work.

Hotels.com told Insider that "suggestions that our design was based on anything other than Lisa Frank and her artwork are simply not true."

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