The first time I saw one of Michael Anastassiades lamps I was in awe. I needed to know everything! Who makes these? Who designed this? Are there more? Is it a period piece or a current designer? See, that is the thing with Anastassiades’ lamps, they are classic enough to fool you at first glance. They ooze that confidence and assurance of a true art déco piece from the 20’s. But on closer inspection you realize the technology behind these lamps are way too advanced for the 20’s. It’s cutting edge on what we can do with interior lights today! Balancing that fine line between art and design, he is an artist as well as a designer and also an engineer. And this is where his strength lies, not letting one replace the other.
In addition to his lamps he also designs furniture and jewelry. Many of his products are part of 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. Currently he has a collaboration, that was part of a temporary exhibition during 2013, at the renowned interior design store Svenskt Tenn, in Stockholm. However most of his lamps are sold through FLOS.
With a similar background within both engineering and industrial design he is naturally someone I look up to a great deal, which is why I also wanted to share his work with you. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!