A Tribute to Michael Anastassiades and His Shapes in Design
19th Sep 2019
There are a few names that have contributed heavily towards taking contemporary lighting and design thinking to the next level. One of those people whose influence and presence in the lighting design world cannot be underlined enough is master designer Michael Anastassiades.
Born and raised in Cyprus, Michael Anastassiades made the move to the United Kingdom in his formative years. In London, he studied civil engineering from 1988 to 1991 at Imperial College. Having always had a keen eye for design, an inquisitive mind and a treasure trove of creativity, he began his foray into the world of design by subsequently acquiring a master’s degree in industrial design from the Royal College of Art (1991-1993). Post his education, Anastassiades set up his own studio in London – a company that produces furniture, jewelry, tabletop objects and awe-inspiring lighting since its inception in 1994.
Michael Anastassiades’ design philosophy revolves around creating exceptional objects and designs of permanent value. His uncompromised vision has translated into a wide variety of iconic lighting products, most of which are featured in the permanent collections at museums, exhibits and galleries like:
- Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- MAK, Vienna
- Crafts Council, London
- FRAC Centre, Orleans
He has collaborated with globally-acclaimed architects like John Pawson and David Chipperfield, manufacturers like FLOS, B&B Italia and Cassina, and interior design firms Studio Ilse and Studio Mumbai. Anastassiades has often teamed up with fashion designers, furniture designers and artisans, too.
His priceless contributions to the lighting design industry include an assortment of floor lamps, smart table lamps and innovative pendant lights. Known for his penchant for crafting products that seamlessly combine simple geometric shapes, reflective materials and cutting-edge technology, his lighting designs carry a Michael Anastassiades twist. The designer often uses simple-yet-striking elements like tubes, spheres, pipes and other recognizable shapes, making his lighting designs
“Lighting is a very poetic medium and I’d always been attracted by it.”
IC Lights, String Lights, Extra T, In Between, Copycat and Arrangements are just a few examples of his creative genius. You may spot Michael’s inimitable lights at high-end restaurants, luxury hotels and boutiques. His most exemplary creations are installed at the Grand Hotel Stockholm, Soho House New York, and Sergio Rossi boutiques around the world. His solo exhibitions, too, feature his inventive products, including shows at Svenskt Tenn (Stockholm), the Cyprus Presidency (European Parliament) and Geymüllerschlössel/MAK (Vienna).
What makes his designs so special is their unique ability to interact with the space they are installed in. Michael Anastassiades’ longstanding association with FLOS has resulted in numerous stunning lamp designs that challenge the status quo and make a bold statement.
Learn more about the master designer here.