The Middleweight sofa captures the best of two worlds, the Italian super lounge sofa on one side and the compact Danish box sofa on the other. Set on a thin, open steel frame, the cushions are firmly held together by zippers and carefully mitered in the corners of the frame, resembling the sharp edges of folded paper. Middleweight is a luxuriously comfortable sofa, available as an arm-chair, 2-seater or 3-seater sofa and pouf.
“This was my first sofa design, but actually the biggest surprise didn’t come until the product was finalized – when we stood there, looking at the actual sofa, and it looked exactly like what I had in my head. It is a great satisfaction as a designer. You can’t accelerate the process of design. An idea has to come when the time is right, so you have to stretch the process as long as possible and allow for enough time to get the ideas and experiments across.”
The Cypriot-born, London-based designer has built a name for himself through curious explorations and experiments. Opening with a strict no-compromise approach, and zero commercial incentive, he later created a world class brand with exclusive, high-end lighting. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Anastassiades has conceived lights, furniture and objects characterised by a poetic yet rigorous interpretation of technology, materials and functions. His practice contemplates both industrial production and artisan techniques, and in doing so, it expands into a vivid, nuanced balance between improvisation and structure, control and intuition.
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