Stelios Mousarris is an interior designer from a small beautiful island of Cyprus. His personal studio-office is located in Larnaka. He recently designed the unique Carpet chair which is adored by many people around the world.I recently interviewed him for Trend Prive magazine.
-What inspired you the most and how did you come up with the idea of the carpet chair and sofa?
I will tell you the story of how I got inspired for the Carpet Chair. I was looking at the carpet in my parents house while my mother was cleaning the house. One carpet was placed at the top of a couch. While I was looking at it I thought to myself that it could work as a chair itself so I started to draw and think how it could stand by itself. After two months of drawing I decided to build my design in collaboration with the artist Jan Blythe.
-Some top designers like Hermes and Valentino used Persian Carpet in their collection before. Do you see any connection in your design with theirs?
I see more resemblance with Tonio De Roover and his carpet couch using beautiful Persian carpets.
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-Who is your favourite designer and why?
I have two favourite designers, one of them is Duffy London who I used to work for, and my other favorite designer is Rick Owens. They both have beautiful work and incredible designs.
-The way your chair and sofa are standing up is beautiful. I love the fact that the structure is invisible and you just see one material. How did you come up with the idea this simple and powerful?
When I was a kid I always liked to design and I was always curious to know how things are made. I used to ask a lot of questions on how things are built and when I would found out I used to analyse the designs and sometimes drew them to improve them.
With this design I wanted to surprise viewers so I thought of a way of just having the carpet visible and carrying the weight.
-How did you build the structure? Did it fail or not and how did you come up with the invisible structure?
At the beginning I thought about using plastic for the structure the plastic wasn’t supportive enough so it didn’t work. After that I thought about using 4 mm steel. At the end I used 6 mm steel which gives the illusion that the carpet is floating. Plus it supports the human weight perfectly.
-Do you see Architecture in your design?
No, I wouldn’t say my design is architectural.
-How do you see the Mousarris brand in the future? What is your goal?
I see the Mousarris brand as a design company that would produce great pieces of furniture and other products.
My goal would be to influence other people and their work as I was influenced by other people’s work.