Is Michael Anastassiades our favourite UK-based (though Greek-born) light designer? We'll all be able to find out at 221 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE where he has added a gallery, using part of the ground floor of the house which has been his base for the last fifteen years.
It is open from the 17th to the 23rd September 2012, Monday - Friday 09:00 to 18:00, Saturday 10:00 to 18:00 and Sunday 10:00 to 17:00. It is open till 21:00 on Wednesday.
To indicate why he may be our favourite, we're illustrating above his Mobile Chandelier 3. There is also a floor version, Mobile Chandelier 5, which demonstrates the virtues of these designs even more clearly:
It is minimal, yet full of content. It is as delicate as can be, with a lightness that only mobiles can convey (they can be moved by the gentlest zephyr). There is a ring on the rod -- all that is needed to enable the light to be balanced at the level the user requires (so the design is practical too!).
Besides the base, the largest mass is the blown glass diffuser over the frosted 12V 50W G4 halogen lamp. The black patinated brass rod which holds it tapers away to nothing....
For the pendant Mobile Chandelier 3, the height must be specified in the order, as is typical with lights hanging from rods.
I suppose Mobile Chandeliers 3 and 5 are my favourites, but Mobile Chandelier 1 is pretty cool too:
Oh, and if you are in Vienna and wanting a break from this year's wall-to-wall Klimt, Michael Anastassiades' exhibition Time and Again continues at the the MAK Branch, Geymüllerschlössel until the 25 November: