Interview with designer Despina Souhlas (DS), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design D:note Seating Adjacent to The Grand Piano.

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Interview with Despina Souhlas at Monday 4th of March 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
DS : The design was inspired by the curve of the grand piano and the way people are drawn to this instrument. We wanted to design a piece that would provide the listeners a place to comfortably sit and experience the music from a proximity they are rarely afforded.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
DS : We wanted to provide seating near the piano without crowding the area around it, it had to be comfortable seating that complimented the contours of the piano.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
DS : To see this sofa nestled adjacent to every grand or baby grand piano in every lounge or home and offer the listeners a relaxing seat where they may be fully embraced by the melodies.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
DS : The concept was fully developed in one afternoon. The details took about 10 days to develop.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
DS : We needed to provide a client with additional seating for a space that had a baby grand piano. We did not find much on the market that fit well near the piano so we decided to design something instead.

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
DS : We have worked with a local manufacturer to produce two sofas. The design is patented and we would be interested in leasing the production rights.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
DS : Necessity

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
DS : This sofa is one of a collection of our designs inspired by osmosis.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
DS : Anyone with a grand or baby grand piano that wishes to encourage socialization around it.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
DS : We are not familiar with any other similar concepts.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
DS : It's shape.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
DS : We consulted with musicians, composers and furniture builders.