In the spotlight: Flos and Michael Anastassiades
Blurring the boundary between fine art and design, we take a closer look at designer Michael Anastassiades and two of his defining designs for lighting brand Flos.
Michael Anastassiades describes himself as a ‘creative’ - designing objects that blur the boundary between fine art and design. Living and working in London, his philosophy is to create eclectic, minimal designs full of vitality, individuality and a timeless appeal.
Today, we take a closer look at two of his defining designs for lighting brand Flos - the String and IC lights.
The String and IC Lights were designed to go far beyond aesthetics, challenging any issues that we may face with our lighting and connecting to us on a personal level.
String: The electricity pylon
The concept behind the Cone and Sphere String Lights first came about when Michael sat gazing out of a train window, watching the poetic movements of the pylon wires as he travelled past. Intrigued by their near perfect parallelism, he quickly became inspired and started developing the String Light. Not just drawing his inspiration from one place, he was also intrigued by the use of string lights in Mediterranean village squares and how they’re used to divide the space.
The String Light demonstrates an incredibly strong relationship between lighting, space and architecture. Its limitless flexibility allows you to highlight the individuality of the space available in your home and customise your lighting just how you want, without compromising on quality. With this flexibility, you aren’t governed by where your electricity points are situated, which solves an age-old problem for many.
Reaping the benefits of advances in technology, you can also adjust the light intensity of your String Lights with a specially designated remote dimmer app for iPhone and iPad.
IC: The juggler
Whilst watching a short film of juggler Tony Duncan rolling spheres from the palms of his hands across the length of his arms, Michael originally failed to notice that the spheres were actually spinning. This was due to how perfectly still the spheres appeared at certain moments, like a camera capturing a moment of stillness within motion. From further observing other jugglers such as Paul Cinquevalli as pictured, the IC was born.
Just like String, the IC series offers great flexibility and is comprised of wall, ceiling, table and floor lights. The CW/1 and CW/2 Lights can be positioned on the wall at different angles or attached to the ceiling depending on your needs.
“Where has this guy been for so long?”
Equally intrigued by one another, Michael and Flos' former CEO Piero Gandini met for the first time during the 2011 Euroluce Fair. Six months later, they met for a short appointment during a taxi journey together (of merely 20 minutes!) that brought about the remarkable collaboration between Flos and Michael Anastassiades. “...he introduced me to his crazy sketchbook, there was actually the String Light concept... and we started.”
Michael's designs always explore an interesting dialogue and encourage the observer to interact with them in a way that holds little difference to how we interact with art. In fact, Michael sees no differences between the two.
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