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Kontrapunkt chair

Kontrapunkt is a minimalist reclining chair by Neisako for Prostoria

Dezeen promotion: design studio Neisako has created Kontrapunkt, an armchair that transforms into a chaise lounge, for furniture brand Prostoria.

Neisako, a Croatian studio founded by Neven and Sanja Kovačić, collaborated with Prostoria's team of engineers and craftsmen to create Kontrapunkt.

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Top and above: the Kontrapunkt chair was photographed at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb

The chair is intended as a design-led alternative to traditional bulky recliners that rely on electric motors to turn from a chair to a lounger. The design went through two years of technical development.

To transform Kontrapunkt, the occupant simply raises an armrest and the armchair eases them into a reclined position, with a footrest that kicks out from under the back cushion.

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A simple motions allows the chair to switch positions

Kontrapunkt has a slim metal frame that is available in several finishes. The upholstery comes in a range of fabrics or leather, to suit a variety of interiors.

"The name Kontrapunkt takes its origin in music and means 'two opposite points'," explained Prostoria. "This principle resonates with the design as it denotes the principle of composition in which two parallel melodies merge into one harmonious whole."

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Kontrapunkt is manoeuvred into a reclined position by lifting and swinging the armrests

To underscore this musical connection, the furniture brand showcased the recliner with a photoshoot at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb.

The mid-century building designed by architects Marijan Haberle, Minka Jurković and Tanja Zdvořak features raw concrete walls and large expanses of glass.

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The chair's footrest tucks away when the backrest is upright

Prostoria is a Croatian furniture design company with a factory in Zagreb. Neisako has previously collaborated with the brand to create a pair of sofa-beds called Up-Lift and Pil-low, and a coat stand called Simetria.

Last year, for Prostoria's Revisiting Analogue project, the furniture makers commissioned a series of glass-walled pavilions and set them in a forest.

The chair in a leather version
Kontrapunkt comes in an upholstered leather version

To find out more about Kontrapunkt and see the brand's full range of products, visit the website.

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