Michael Anastassiades founded his London design studio in 1994.
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.
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.
Since collaborating with the architectural firm Studio Mumbai (2006), Anastassiades is increasingly working with some of the world’s leading architects – including David Chipperfield and John Pawson – and interior designers such as Studio Ilse. His lights can be seen in hotels, restaurants and stores worldwide – including the Grand Hotel Stockholm, Soho House New York and the Sergio Rossi boutiques worldwide.
Featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, and the V&A Museum and Crafts Council in London, his designs have also been showcased at world-renowned galleries and arts organisations including London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Design Museum, Somerset House and Sotheby’s; and Mitterand + Cramer in Geneva. Represented by the Nilufar Gallery in Milan – this follows the gallery’s commission to create the ‘Lit Lines’ series of lights (exhibited at Palazzo Durini in 2011) and the ‘Tree in the Moonlight’ lamp which formed part of their Unlimited Collection (2012) .
Besides being commissioned and collected by private patrons and clients all over the world – Anastassiades has worked with many world renowned cutting-edge designers and prestigious manufacturers, including Hussein Chalayan (1997-8) Swarovski Crystal Palace (2004), Lobmeyer (2012) and Svenskt Tenn (2013). This year, he will be launching two ‘families’ of lights for Flos – IC and String.
The IC Collection for FLOS
String Lights for FLOS
Other notable commissions include the Aghia Sophia Cathedral (2006) and more recently, a collaboration with MAK, Austria, on a six-month “intervention” with the museum’s 19th Geymullerschossel century building. “Time and Again” saw Anastassiades’ pared-down designs contrasting with the venue’s grand furnishings, taking the visitor on a journey back in time. The installation also involved launching his new 4-Phase Mirrors collection, produced in collaboration with FIAM. His exhibited pieces now form part of MAK’s permanent collection (2012).
From an exhibition of his Mirror Chairs and Table at cult concept store, Colette in Paris (1998) Michael went on to sell his designs at the ‘design supermarket’ at Milan’s La Rinascente department store, New York’s Matter and Moss galleries and Liberty’s in London (2010). He currently sells through department stores Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Design Republic in Shanghai, and outlets such as Sigmar in London, Luminaire in Miami and Space in Australia.
With a mission to create objects of permanent value… in 2007 Michael set up a company under his own name to produce unlimited editions of his designs. Each product is handmade and stamped with the designers mark, manufactured in accordance with the purity of his original vision. A restrained vocabulary of forms may suggest he is a minimalist but his work is highly luxurious and sensuous because of the quality of his materials.
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.
In this shot of Anastassiades home for World of Interiors magazine back in March 2013 you can see what the IC light which he designed for Flos. He says that many of this designs come from things he needed or wanted for his own home which indeed showcases many of his designs. He juxtaposes the luxury and elegant form of his designs with the understated and modest interior style of his apartment. For a peek into Anastassiades home you can read the original World of Interiors article here