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  • Michael Anastassiades

    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{098ef46ad3411a397e29fd1b937608acce45ed7d587a00f0df125b0d44cb381c} 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.

    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) .

    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).

    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.