Michael Anastassiades plus FLOS equals elegancy
Who has ever heard of FLOS? Well, it is a leading company in the lighting world. So much so that if we want to reel off a few names we can talk about the Arc Lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, or the candlestick 2097-30 / 50 by Gino Sarfatti. In 2014 it was the turn of designer Michael Anastassiades; a collaboration between the London designer, of Cypriot origin, and FLOS generated a different concept of division of the architectural space and resulted in the collection 'String Lights'.
The first problem to be solved when you need to illuminate a room is always the hunt for electrical outlets. The solution 'String Lights' by FLOS and Anastassiades allows you to move the lights where you want them without worrying about the constraint of the sockets, and to do all this in a visually stunning way. The designer said, "When I sit on a train traveling, I always see strings of electricity out of the window. It's so beautiful and poetic the way they connect the pylons but at the same time they divide the landscape. I wanted to translate this into interior architecture". The main feature of the Anastassiades design is a certain poetic grace accompanied by a visionary attitude; his 'String Lights' seem to be structures hanging from telegraph wires, LEDs stuck on a system of tensioned cables.
Michael Anastassiades founded his own studio in London in 1994 and thus began the career that has led him to collaborate with several archistars and to exhibit his creations inside the permanent collections of some of the most important museums in the world, such as MoMA in New York, the V&A Museum and Craft Council in London and the FRAC Centre in Orleans.The designs of Anastassiades are deceptively simple while really meticulously detailed. They are characterized by a certain eclecticism which always leads to the search of the essence of the original forms, and to the abstraction of the object until it ultimately becomes an expression of beauty.
Photo Credits: FLOS
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