ABOVE: Mobile Chandelier 13 by Michael Antastassiades
Parallel to fine works of art, Michael Anastassiades’ designs stimulate spaces and fuel discussions. It’s no wonder many of the London-based designer’s eloquent objects have found their way into the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Since 2007, his eponymous brand has specialized in manufacturing high-quality lighting products that are handcrafted in family-run workshops.
ABOVE: Michael Anastassiades’ handcrafted Onyx Light table lamp
Every piece is true to Anastassiades’ design philosophy: to create objects of permanent value that provoke interaction. As part of this ideology, Michael Anastassiades aims to preserve the integral qualities of any given material, resulting in natural finishes that oxidize over time, becoming more beautiful with age. The dialogue that surrounds Anastassiades’ work seems to flow as fluently as the curves of his mobile chandeliers. His pieces are self-described as “minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane.” And yet, their sense of restrained elegance makes them refreshingly dynamic.
ABOVE: The Tube Chandelier displays Michael Anastassiades’ classic sense of restrained elegance
A Cultured Methodology
ABOVE: A wall sconce from the brilliantly minimal White Porcelain series
Launching his studio in 1994, Anastassiades initially set out to explore contemporary concepts of culture and aesthetics through furniture and lighting design. A trained civil engineer, his creations tend to oscillate between the worlds of high art and functionality. Products like his power coated aluminum Floor Composition lamp, Onyx Light and Tube Chandelier initially appear to look like sculptures. Once you notice their ambient glow, you fully grasp the complexity of his conceptions. His thought-provoking approach had led him to design products with leading manufacturers including FLOS, Puiforcat, Lobmeyr and Svenskt Tenn.
ABOVE: The provocative and playful Tip of the Tongue table lamp from Michael Anastassiades
Many of his luminaires are ultra minimal, such as the One Well-Known Sequence collection, featuring rods that showcase the rigorous impact of lines. On the flip side, his White Porcelain series of wall mounts subtly beckons the viewer. Through revisions to modern light forms, Anastassiades delicately pushes the boundaries of the contemporary aesthetic. With his Tip of the Tongue light, a mouth blown opaline sphere appears to be rolling off a polished brass base, inciting excitement through a visual illusion. It’s through these provocative elements that the Michael Anastassiades brand continuously achieves eclecticism, individuality and longevity.
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