Maison Et Objet 2020 – Michael Anastassiades Is the Designer Of The Year – For the very first time, all 16 of his Mobile Chandeliers, will be showcased together in the incredible Parisian tradeshow. Placed in the dark space, the lights, propelled by motors, will move as if planets. Nominated “Design Year Of the Year“ for the event in January, the incredible designer has worked with several distinguished brands! Find out more about his inspirational designs here!
Michael Anastassiades is a London-based company specializing in the design and manufacturing of high-quality lighting and objects. Established in 2007, it was founded to increase the availability of Michael’s signature pieces. The objects are fabricated by family-run workshops worldwide, selected for their unique manufacturing skills and traditional use of materials.
After training as a civil engineer and taking a master’s degree in industrial design at the Royal College of Art, Michael Anastassiades founded his studio in London in 1994. The renowned designer wants to offer an experience, besides presenting his collection at Maison et Objet 2020.
Michael Anastassiades presented his first collection at the Maison et Objet, and now he is coming back to Maison et Objet 2020 as Designer of the Year. He has become one of the most poetic and prolific lighting designers working today. In his work, the Cypriot designer uses simple shapes and volumes – a sphere, a line, a circle – to create a rich language where uncertainty and imbalance are embraced.
Michael Anastassiades was drawn to creative lighting early on, for its poetic qualities, but was aware that no company would hire him until he had made a name for himself. Instead of being discouraged, he decided to take the development and production of his designs in his own hands. Starting his own brand gave him the chance to test the boundaries and design without compromises. By the time he started to collaborate with Flos, he had gained experience and was ready for new challenges, since he had unexpected freedom to invent, and could count on the expertise of the company to experiment with technical solutions that up to that moment had not been available to him.
Although best known for his lighting designs, Michael Anastassiades has designed with the same rigor and clarity in all fields: furniture for the likes of B&B Italia, Herman Miller, Cassina; drinking glasses for Lobmeyr; speakers for Bang & Olufsen; a public project in Mint Street, London; a drinking fountain for the Victoria & Albert Museum. His work can be found in permanent collections at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the MAK in Vienna, the Crafts Council in London and the FRAC Centre in Orleans France.
The simplicity encourages curiosity, and curiosity leads to participation and interaction, a constant feature of all Michael Anastassiades’ projects. A perfect example is The Fleet Drinking Fountain, which conceals the technical aspects without compromising aesthetics and has become more of an experience than just a place to stop and fill a bottle. He strongly believes we should surround ourselves with objects that will last a very long time, that design should not be short-sighted. His desire is to design for the long term and indeed his objects have a timeless quality to them.
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