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The geometry of light
The Cypriot designer Michael Anastassiades is presenting at Euroluce String Lights: a suspension lamp for Flos with a geometrical aerial grid that users can personalise as desired.
Michael Anastassiades is an intriguing fellow: a Cypriot by birth and a Londoner by choice, he studied civil engineering and industrial design in London, at the Imperial College and at the Royal College of Art respectively. Hence his meticulous approach to the design of light, but also his way of working with elementary forms such as spheres, rods and elongated rectangles. For Anastassiades, the design of a lamp is not confined to the finished object, but extends into its surrounding space and into the chiaroscuro textures that it projects around it.
This vision also enables him to engage with history: with that of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, where in 2006 he suspended shiny chandeliers reminiscent of ancient candlesticks; or again, with the 18th century history of Norfolk House in London, where in 2010 he installed a large luminous pendulum. This relationship with architectural space also reappears in the String Lights system that Anastassiades has designed for Flos—a geometrical aerial grid which the user can personalise as desired. It is composed of a wire, attached to a wall or ceiling while twisting vertically or horizontally, and of LED sources, single or in pairs, housed in spheres or cones.