The Flos IC F2 Floor Lamp’s design takes the form of a mouth-blown sphere that is perfectly balanced on the edge of a brushed brass or chrome rod. Anastassiades took inspiration from an online video of a contact juggler spinning a set of spheres, moving them around on his arms and edge of his fingers. Watching, mesmerised by the magic of his skill, suddenly the spheres looked perfectly still. In pursuit of capturing this precise moment is where Anastassiades began and the IC collection was born.
Positioned between fine art and design, Michael Anastassiades creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect.
He launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design. The studio’s philosophy is a continuous search for eclecticism, individuality, and timeless qualities in design.
Michael Anastassiades trained as a civil engineer at London’s Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine before taking a masters degree in industrial design at the Royal College of Art. He lives and works in London.