Abedan Kanthasamy

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Abedan "Abbi" Kanthasamy

Alma materMcGill University (B.S., 1998)
  • Inventor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Investor
  • Photographer
Known forinventions, serial entrepreneurship

Abedan "Abbi" Kanthasamy is a Malaysia-based inventor, serial entrepreneur, investor and photographer. He is mostly known for his inventions[1][2] as well as founding and running a number of manufacturer and restaurant companies across several countries.


Abedan Kanthasamy (also known as Abbi Kanthasamy) was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and raised in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.[3][4] His mother Dr. Parvathy Kanthasamy, a linguistics specialist, is originally from Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna Peninsula.[5][6] Kanthasamy attended Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, and then graduated from McGill University in Quebec, Canada with a degree in Engineering (BEng) with the main focus being on biosystems.[4] Kanthasamy is also a professional landscape and architecture photographer[4] being presented at various exhibitions and galleries.[7][8][9] In 2017, Abedan Kanthasamy and Shahriar Khan co-authored a book "No boundaries: beyond race, religion and colour about cricket sports culture in Sri Lanka.[10][4] He currently lives with his family in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[4][11][12]

Entrepreneurial activity

Kanthasamy began his career in 1998 at Lifestyle Solutions Inc., a furniture manufacturer company based in San Jose, California, where he served as senior vice-president until 2014, being responsible for manufacturing processes and product design.[12] Since then, Kanthasamy founded or run as a CEO a number of companies including Cinnamon Group, where he is also a Board Member,[13][14] Petra Group,[15][16] where Kanthasamy holds positions of Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Executive of PETRA Mobilia,[17] the furniture division of the company,[3][18] and Domus Vita Design, an international furniture design and manufacturer company. Kanthasamy is also an owner of several restaurants in Malaysia.[19][20][6]

As an inventor, Kanthasamy has been instrumental in developing new furniture designs while using furniture manufacturer Tempur-Pedic's materials. The coordinated project led to establishing another company, which distributes products across 21 countries.[12]

Domus Vita Design

In 2014, Kanthasamy founded Domus Vita Inc. traded as Domus Vita Design,[21] a furniture design and manufacturer company, specializing in sofa beds, recliners and lift chairs with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The company received a manufacturer license under the US Sealy Corporation brand and established a separate company named Sealy Sofa Convertibles.[11][22][23][12] The company's products have been mainly distributed through the renown brands in North America, including Costco, Sam’s Club, and Slumberland Furniture, among others.[12]

Inventions and patent infringement

Kanthasamy holds 42 granted and 12 still pending approval U.S. patents mostly related to his inventions for Life Style Solutions Inc., and other manufacturers.[1][2] The company was a plaintiff in the legal case Lifestyle Solutions, Inc., Plaintiff, v. Abbyson Living LLC and Abbyson Living Corp., Defendants, suing the defendant over U.S. Design Patent D610,366 infringement, titled "Sofa Bed With Multiple Positions."[24]

Selected patents

  • US10973335B2 - Furniture object including sealable enclosure for storing piece of separate furniture object
  • USD915085S1 - Convertible sofa with foldable tray and storage compartment
  • USD904772S1 - Convertible sofa with pull-out bed and foldable tray
  • USD904042S1 - Split-back convertible sofa with adjustable arms


*"No boundaries : beyond race, religion and colour",  photographs by Abbi Kanthasamy ; words by Shahriar Khan (Beagle Books, Petaling Jaya, 2017)[10][25]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Abedan Kanthasamy Patents". Google Patents.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Abedan Kanthasamy inventions". USPTO.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Abedan Kanthasamy". Petra Group.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Abbi Photography". Official website.
  5. "Flavours of Jaffna: Aliyaa Island Restaurant and Bar to host food festival in homage of northern Sri Lankan cuisine". MalayMail.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Aliyaa: Jaffna Food Festival, 17-19 February 2020". Eat/Drink KL - Kuala Lumpur's essential restaurant reviews.
  7. "Tulip the pug celebrates a special birthday". The Star.
  8. "Photography Show – Limitless". Arts.com.
  9. {{cite web|url=https://www.thestar.com.my/news/community/2011/04/19/photographs-of-unsung-heroes-at-the-malaysian-open |title=Photographs of unsung heroes at the Malaysian Open |publisher=The Star }}
  10. 10.0 10.1 "No boundaries : beyond race, religion and colour / photographs by Abbi Kanthasamy ; words by Shahriar Khan". National Library of Australia.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Outsourcing to Asia: Why It's Good for the American Furniture Industry". Futonstogo.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 "Founder and CEO of Domus Vita Design on working with American mattress specialist Tempur". Options.
  13. "About company". Cinnamon Group.
  14. "Opening During The Pandemic". Thirst Mag.
  15. "Company overview". Petra Group.
  16. "Petra diversifies into furniture manufacturing with various brands". The Star.
  17. "PETRA Group invests RM45 million in furniture arm Mobilia". The Vibes.
  18. "Nothing, not even a stroke can stop him from chasing his dreams (Update)". Focus Malaysia.
  19. "Restaurateur to organise charity dinner in aid of Syrian refugees". The Star.
  20. "Malaysian businesses hopeful for corruption-free future under new government". Salam Gateway.
  21. "DOMUS VITA DESIGN Trademark Information". Trademarkia.
  22. "Sealy Sofa Convertibles Launches First Posturepedic Sofa Bed". Furniture World News.
  23. "Domus Vita named licensee for Sealy Sofa Convertibles". HomeGoodsOnline.
  25. "No Boundaries : Beyond Race, Religion And Colour". MaryMartin.

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