Licht bricht sich im Kristall. Das natürliche Spiel dieser beiden Elemente in ein faszinierendes Objekt einzufangen war das Ziel dieser Kooperation. Eine für Michael Anastassiades typisch minimale, elegante und starke Metallstruktur gibt dem feinen, von Lobmeyr bearbeiteten Glasteilen Position und Halt. Die in unterschiedlichen Varianten geschliffene Kristallkugel umschließt die Lichtquelle und bricht das Licht.
Zwei Halbkugeln unterschiedlicher Größe deuten weitere Orbits an. Licht, Schatten, das Spiel mit Geometrie und Raum machen den Reiz der Objekte aus.
Michael Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of 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 collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His clients and patrons include Rosenthal, Swarovski and Hussein Chalayan. His pieces also feature prominently in landmark interiors including Soho House New York and the Grand Hotel Stockholm.
Michael Anastassiades, the company, was established in 2007 to introduce Michael’s signature pieces, a collection of lighting, furniture, jewellery and tabletop objects. The company’s philosophy is a continuous search for eclecticism, individuality, and timeless qualities in design.
Michael 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.
Some answers by Michael Anastassiades:
Q: Light is an important part of your work - why?
MA: I have always been fascinated with light probably as an attempt to imitate all these magical phenomena that occur around light in nature. Nothing can replace natural light though and the unpredictable ways it transforms space through time and movement. On the other hand working in a controlled environment can be very interesting. I never see light as an object. Light and space are directly connected and this is an important relationship that I study when it comes to design.
Q: How would you describe this light to a blind person, who just can feel it?
MA: A glowing source of light filtered through different layers of clear glass. Its refractions through the different glass thicknesses as well as the way it highlights the geometric cuts on the internal sphere. The piece is very geometric, there is an internal thick glass sphere that guards the light source and then around that, two delicate hemispheres of larger diameter.
Q: How do you see this project within your body of work?
MA: In many of the fixtures that I have always worked around the light bulb and its geometric form as the naked source of light. In other cases it is about movement and the changing space around the piece. In this project I wanted to filter the light through carefully crafted clear glass spheres. It is fascinating to be able to work with glass on that level of that quality and sophistication and Lobmeyr couldn´t have been a better choice for their tradition and knowledge in the material.