“Nobody can replicate light in the way that it exists in nature. I would be happy if I was to capture a small part of that complexity when designing a fixture” M.A.
Michael Anastassiades, one of our favourite lighting designers at Oikos, launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design. Schooled in industrial design and engineering at London’s Royal College of Art and Imperial College – the Cypriot-born designer’s lighting, mirrors, and tabletop objects reside between industrial design, sculpture and decorative art. Deceptively simple, yet meticulously detailed, they betray his training as a civil engineer and industrial designer.
Positioned between fine art and design, his work aims to provoke dialogue, participation and interaction. He creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect.
Anastassiades’ work is featured in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Craft Council in London, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, and the MAK in Vienna. His solo exhibitions include Time and Again at the Geymüllerschlössel/MAK in Vienna, To Be Perfectly Frank at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, Norfolk House Music room at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Cyprus Presidency at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. One of the most recent exhibitions explores what Anastassiades calls the “contemporary anxieties of modern Cyprus” entitled Reload the Current Page at the Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia, Cyprus, and the collection General Illuminations, as part of the exhibition Doings on Time and Light at Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul.
He has designed products with various leading manufacturers including FLOS, Lobmeyr and Svenskt Tenn. In 2007 he set up the company Michael Anastassiades Ltd to produce his signature pieces; a collection of lighting, furniture, jewellery, and tabletop objects. Anastassiades is particularly renowned for his lighting products, which comprise 80% of his studio’s commissions.
Shiny surfaces combined with simple geometric shapes like tubes, oblongs and spheres, articulate architectural spaces. He often chooses reflective materials – such as mirrored glass and polished bronze – that appear to dematerialise his objects, to float independently, interacting with the space surrounding them.
2015 has been named by UNESCO as the ‘year of light’ so for our first report from Salone del Mobile 2015 we focus on lighting! Michael Anastassiades unveiled 15 new lighting designs and objects in a stunning stand and 4 new designs for FLOS. Pure and poetic, with layers of subtle detail, the London-based designer challenges the perfection of the sphere through the interference of foreign geometries while maintaining a level of discipline in various balanced compositions.
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Anastassiades recently launched his own shop in London which provides the ideal platform to showcase and launch new products and collections. Housing the studio, shop and home in one building provides clients with a unique experience to view both new ideas and existing products within a domestic setting. His studio’s philosophy is a continuous search for eclecticism, individuality, and timeless qualities in design.
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