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Michael Anastassiades

Cypriot-born, London-based designer Michael Anastassiades is one of the most captivating talents working in any visual field today. With his firmly held philosophy that great design should ignite cultural and intellectual discussion, Anastassiades work transcends traditional modern furniture, accessory, and environmental design.

You know a Michael Anastassiades piece when you see one. With a trained, perspicacious eye for art and creation, Anastassiades’ quietly seductive post-industrial jewelry, lighting, furniture, and tabletop objects illustrate the designer’s never ending fascination with stark lines, simple geometric composition, and utilitarian function. Michael Anastassiades lighting is well sought after.

After completing training as a civil engineer at the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London, Anastassiades completed a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art in Industrial Design. During this time he began experimenting with many of the tenets that would define his later career: the use of reflective materials and the juxtaposition of the quotidian and the otherworldly. Anastassiades opened his London-based studio in 1994, going on to create his signature lighting collections, along with additional furniture and objects in conjunction with a small network of highly international, family owned and operated producers.

Michael Anastassiades virtuosic purview instantly registered with collectors and clients, drawn to request limited edition pieces. Michael Anastassiades lights include elemental shapes, such as cylinders, spheres, and tubes, that are often paired with elevated materials including mirrors, crystal and polished bronze, a material interplay that’s been widely imitated in the world of lighting and beyond. A collaboration with Studio Mumbai in 2006 led to partnerships with leading architectural designers David Chipperfield and John Pawson, and interior design companies like Studio Isle.

Collaborative and culturally-attuned by nature, Michael Anastassiades has a long track record of partnering with some of the zeitgeist’s most interesting names, including fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, Parisian boutique Colette and venerable glassmaker Lobmeyer. The designer has been recognized with numerous solo exhibitions: the Cyprus Presidency at the European Parliament; Geymüllerschlössel/MAK in Vienna; the Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His works also appear 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.
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