String Lights by Michael Anastassiades
Michael Anastassiades has created the minimal String lights for Flos. The original suspension, which looks as if it was thin black line drawn by a pencil in the air, is simple and bold at the same time.
The designer seems to seek the simplest essence of the forms and materials reaching almost a an abstract and graphic shape. This deceptive simplicity required nonetheless the highest quality craftsmanship.
Michael Anastassiades explains the source of his insipration:
They are inspired by three things: when I sit on a train, travelling, and I look out of the window, I always see these strings of electricity that connect the pylons. And as we move through at high speed, I see these perfectly parallel strings and find myself transfixed by the amazing sense of discipline — how can this be possible? It’s just so beautiful, and so poetic the way they connect the pylons whilst at the same time they divide the landscape. I wanted to translate this vision and this discipline into an interior environment. They are like linear drawings. I like how people use light to demarcate space, especially outdoor space, if you think of a village square in the Mediterranean at night, they have a string of lights that hang in a square from four posts. They seem to announce: “This is where the party is”. It is these lights that demarcate the activity.
Michael Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics though product, furniture and environmental design. Positioned between fine art and design, his work aims to provoke dialogue, participation and interaction. He creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane yet full of a vitality one might not expect. Anastassiades’ work is featured in permanent collection at the Museum of Moder Art, New York, the V&A Museum and Crafts Council, London and MAK, Vienna. Recent solo exhibitions include Time and Again at the Geymüllerchlössel/MAK, Vienna, To be Perfectly Frank at Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm, Norfolk House Music Room at the V&A, London and the Cyprus Presidency at the European Parliament, Brussels. He has designed products with leading manufacturers including FLOS, Puiforcat, Svenskt Tenn and Lobmeyr. In 2007 he set up MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES the company to produce his signature pieces, a collection of lighting, furniture, jewellery and tabletop objects.
Photos courtesy of Flos and © Michael Anastassiades