Michael Anastassiades 2015
London-based, Cyprus-born designer Michael Anastassiades is a master of balance. His collection of fifteen new designs launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan earlier this year, is minimal and elegant, quite exclusively focusing on the purity of line and simple geometry.
A lyrical extension of Anastassiades’ previous pieces, the 2015 collection explores mobile chandeliers and spherical lamps in deftly explores re-configurations of the simple sphere, as well as subtle deviations away from it. Each piece in the Bob family, for example, is derived from the common levelling tool the ‘plumb bob’. While taking a slightly more organic approach, however – also introducing a curve to the Mobile Chandelier series – the range is no less harmonious.
In each family of lights, proportion is central. To achieve the particular sense of balance Anastassiades does, one that is surprising and yet wholly satisfying to the eye, he seeks to create a perfect ‘equilibrium’. In Happy Together, for example, vertical rods (in brass, nickel or black-patinated finishes) are exaggerated in length, the long elegant arms quite perfectly off-setting the delicate, glass spheres they hold. “The idea is almost like an exercise in some sort of mathematical sequence, exploring how you position these things together,” says Anastassiades. “It’s quite a playful way to address light.”
Credits: Michael Anastassiades