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sofaworks
"Doesn't Do Pressure"
30s
26 December 2013
UK Furniture Retailers

We like this. Neil the sloth is a wonderfully memorable creation - and perfectly apt for the requirements of the brand: namely to depict the true purpose of a sofa. He "doesn't do pressure" - something we all want to relate to in these times of urgent sales and limited offers.

Google Nexus
"Oven Woe"

Martin said:

indeed they do!


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30s
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11 mins
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Opel
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2 mins 20s
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Samsung
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30s
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