Michael Anastassiades

Milan 2013's most exciting lighting trend: graphic!

Vibia Wireflow pendant light Arik Levy "Graphic" is probably not the best name for this trend: it'll be easier to understand what I mean from the pictures.

Above is Wireflow by Arik Levy for Vibia. Three were hanging over the desk on their stand. It is as if someone is drawing in the air. They look two dimensional, though an unexpected effect is to increase awareness of the space that they are in. They are big:

Vibia Wireflow pendant lights with Arik Levy

Earlier that day, we had been delighted by Davide Groppi's N-euro by Beppe Merlano. That is it going up the wall in the back of this picture taken on their stand:

N-EURO pendant light from Davide Groppi

You get the lighting body on one end of a lot of black cable, with a plug to go into a socket at the other end. The round wall attachments allow you to draw across the wall and ceiling, the pattern depending upon where you choose to put them.

N-EURO pendant light from Davide Groppi

But it is not one swalowe that bryngeth in somer. Any more than two lights make a trend. But a third...? This was Michael Anastassiades for Flos -- String Light:

String Light Michael Anastassiades Flos

We are indebted to Domus for this explanation:

String Light Michael Anastassiades Flos

It looked absolutely fabulous:

string light flos michael anastassiades

But, of course, the concept had already been established before Milan 2013 by the visionary Catellani & Smith. The most minimal of all is his Light Stick:

Catellani & Smith Light Stick floor light

and here is his Sorry Giotto:

catellani & smith sorry giotto floor light

He adds another -- almost secret -- level of interest, because the discs are not black, as you'd expect, but copper hand painted with blue.

Such minimal graphic designs in lesser hands could be/will be boring and become a cliché. But here we have four truly stunning pieces.

 

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Euroluce 2013: Hall 13

Euroluce name in colours

 

This is the third of a series of posts to be published this week that will build up into our Handy Guide to Euroluce 2013. This one looks at who is a hall thirteen. Other posts look at who is in other halls and also what is happening where fuori salone. The last post in the series will pull all the content together into one document, with updates and corrections. This will then form the basis for our customary PDFs -- alphabetical, and by hall -- for you to use at the Fair. 

That last post in the series will remain up throughout the week of the Fair so that you can download the PDFs , or read it on your mobile thingy, at any time.

EUROLUCE MILAN 2013 – HALL 13

Anglepoise E10 www.anglepoise.com

Anglepoise need no introduction from us. Last year they celebrated the 75th anniversary of the original 1227. We are so pleased that they have been able to bring this design back – the “anglepoise” – with its art deco base. See also the variation on this design – the Duo Table Lamp. There are also a Duo floor light and a Duo applique.

 Anna Lari F01 www.annalari.com

Besides their iconic tall lights with small adjustable shades in a variety of materials, Anna lari have got some other great designs in their collection.The latest are a series of table task lights powered by LEDs (Funky, Giorgia and Jazz) plus two appliques – Luna (a simple half-hemisphere) and Techno (a useful light that has a smallish lampshade hanging from an adjustable arm).

Catellani & Smith C10 www.catellanismith.com

The lightmaker’s lightmaker. Fabulous effects from a variety of materials, including gold and silver leaf used in his own way. Spectacular effects from simple pebbles of glass. Tiny, tiny LED light sources that do not interfere with the main design of the luminaire, even when positioned between the luminaire and the viewer.  An essential stand, in this case because you have to see for yourself that the real lights really do look as amazing in real life as they can in pictures!

Delightfull G09 www.delightfull.eu

Always a delight, this young company can be relied upon to brighten every lighting trade fair with their rapidly-expanding jazz-inspired collection. A happy band of people clearly has fun dreaming up great designs, that are also very well made.

Estro L19 M20 www.estro.it

Estro has just bought Luminara, so we expect to see their lights also on this stand. Both collections are particularly well suited to hospitality applications – Luminara’s one-off pieces mostly  in public areas and Estro’s collection stronger for quantity in guest rooms.

Flos C09 D18 www.flos.com

Another essential stand. Besides continuing with lights designed by some of the best designers around, that are featuring in their new advertising campaign (Philippe Starck, obviously, but also  the Bouroullecs and Patricia Urquiola), Flos are also inventing a new form of light/luminaire that they are calling “soft architecture”. This is a big thing to do, that requires a new attitude to lighting from architects and interior designers. Their stand would be essential viewing for this reason alone.

Stop press: Paul Cocksedge says that he has designed a new light for Flos, provisionally called Shade. Being Paul, it is not just any old pendant lampshade! In trying to resolve a purely practical problem -- how to get power to the lamp in the pendant, avoiding the standard solutions of having the shade hang from a thick flex, or from wires plus a wiggly power cable -- the solution "...actually turned out quite mysterious, almost dream-like. It utilizes floor and ceiling both, but appears unconnected to either...!" So now you have to visit the Flos stand to see how he did it!

Forestier G08 www.forestier.fr

A very varied collection of strong pieces from this French maker, by designers of the calibre of Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Ionna Vautrin and Neil Poulton. Recent introductions include the attractive Antenna table light and pendant by Arik Levy.

frauMaier G11 www.fraumaier.com

Recent attendees at my presentations will know how fond we are of frauMaier. Not just because frauMaier is the cute dog that features in their catalogue and on their web site, but also because theirs is a powerful collection of colourful and useful lights. Is there a better design for placing behind a sofa that their ThinLissie – the light body thrust forward and the structure very thin so that it can go behind and under the sofa, even if it is flush to the wall?

Graypants L10 www.graypants.com

Ignore the unfortunate name for a moment and focus instead on some surprisingly good looking shades made from corrugated paper. The result is environmentally-sound-looking designs with a varied and interesting colour and surface. I don’t know how long they last, though – I saw a similar shade in the window of a bar that was obviously falling to pieces, but it may not have been one of the theirs. One of the many evils that result from fakes is that people end up judging the real thing by the fake that they have experienced, not realizing that it is a fake. Note that this is another rare instance of a collection that originates in America that comes in European versions (they also have an office in the Netherlands).

Hive H16 www.designbyhive.com

Hive is the excellent light collection from the Filipino designer, Kenneth Cobonpue (though the lights are not all designed by him) .The materials that he uses (mostly overtly from nature), and the size of some of his pieces, reflect warmer, sunnier climes, so that even if they are not intended to be used outdoors, they look as if they could be. The Hive collection is no exception.

Ilide H19 www.ilide.it

We are excited by the premise behind Ilide, a new Italian lighting design company. They are bringing designers together with artisans who work in different materials: glass, ceramics, wood, burnt (and then stabilized) wood, marble…. They found the best by selecting the top 20 from a competition they held in 2010 that attracted more than 1,000 participants from all over Italy. It is a brave economic climate within which to start a new lighting company but such bravery is necessary if viable companies are to exist in the future, and this is the right way to go about it. To add to their existing collection, they are launching at Euroluce a new collection, called Value and Light, consisting of “...five items made from various natural materials.”

Jake Dyson L09 M10 www.jakedyson.com

Jake Dyson’s USP is lights that move. Since his first was a spot light, it was not relevant to us. However his second, CSYS, is a family of LED task lights that have precision movements and a design related to a crane. We are looking forward to seeing it (and, if we are allowed to, moving it up and down and to and fro). It should be a great Boy’s Toy!

Lasvit F12 www.lasvit.com

Lasvit’s strengths are the power of their marketing and the quality of the designers they use. Their stands are often spectacular, therefore. From the list of designers that they say will be represented on their stand at Euroluce, the individual items will reward close attention as well.

Leucos A11 B04 www.fdvgroup.com/LEUCOS

Leucos is now part of the FDV Group. Although this is contradicted by the web site, there are rumours that the catalogues of all the FDV brands (itre, Muranodue, Aureliano Toso, Gallery Vetri d’Arte, Alt Lucialternative, Luxit) will be unified under the Leucos name. Besides Luxit (hall 15), Leucos is the only FDV brand to have a stand at Euroluce – the most important lighting fair for the Italian market. So we look forward to seeing what is on it.

lightyears D01 www.lightyears.dk

A very strong collection of relatively few designs, but good ones, often available in many typologies and sizes (notably, the hugely successful Caravaggio by Cecilie Manz, of which they have just introduced a wall version). Besides other designs by Cecilie Manz, they will be showing new lights from Jo Hammerborg and Nicholai Wiig Hansen.

Luceplan B19 C18 www.luceplan.com

Luceplan have been adding some very good, innovative designs to their collection recently and this Euroluce will be no exception, with new lights from Alberto Meda, Paolo Rizzatto and Daniel Rybakken. Hope is a future classic that one should never waste the opportunity to see. Honeycomb is a clever modular system that is easy to understand once you have seen (and maybe had explained to you) a real one.

Marset D05 E06 www.marset.com

Another wonderful lighting company from Barcelona! A large, very strong (e.g. Discoco), very varied, well-made collection backed up by an efficient operation.  What more would you want?

Michael Anastassiades D07 www.michaelanastassiades.com

One of the best designers of lights, bar none, it is great that visitors to Euroluce will have the chance to see his work. He staged a fine tribute to Josef Frank at Svenskt Tenn during the Stockholm Fair in February. I wonder whether we will see any influences from this in his new work....

Northern Lighting E05 www.northernlighting.no

Not just one of our favourite lighting companies from Norway, but one of our favourites from anywhere! Maybe because of the unusual, brave, quirky, useful collection; maybe because of the great people; or maybe because of their deep understanding of human nature, demonstrated not only by their collection, but also by their hiring the best barmen in Norway to run the best bar in the show – on their stand....

Oluce A19 www.oluce.com

Oluce is a custodian of important 20th century designs (the most exciting trend in lighting today),  with a back list of works by people like Joe Colombo and Vico Magistretti. But they are not resting on their laurels. It is interesting to see the different reactions of companies to the virtual collapse of their markets. Oluce’s reaction is intelligent and energetic. We’ll see more lights from them that are suitable for contract, plus an openness to specials, and a real interest in fully custom items. The stand itself will have seats (hooray!) and an area for specifiers – again, showing an understanding of what the market (in this case, seriously interested visitors to the Fair) wants.

Örsjö F02 www.orsjo.com

Örsjö had a great stand at Stockholm, and the stand at Euroluce should be just as good, with lots of versions of their Baklava light-in-a-bag, a big version their Kvist (or, what-happens-when-a-plumber-decides-to-make-a-chandelier – actually, it was inspired by twigs on a tree). Look out for Vinge, a new table light, not yet in the catalogue, designed for them by the fashionable Note Design Studio (with the biggest, heaviest, most satisfying dimmer switch ever!) and, if it is there, Talk, a simple, elegant leather covered task light that we had overlooked until we saw it in Malmstenbutiken.

Rich Brilliant Willing L04 www.richbrilliantwilling.com

Another (justifiably) fashionable design consultancy, with a Scandinavian feel, though they are, in fact, American. They say that Rich Brilliant Willing “...is America’s premier contemporary lighting and furniture design manufacturer.” Before you get too excited by some of their cool products, though, remember that just because an American company markets its products in Europe, it does not mean they can be used here!!! If they do not meet CE regulations, they are illegal and potentially dangerous. It is easy to tell: one of the requirements of the regulations is that any product that complies is clearly marked CE, so that the consumer can see that it does. So, if you are on their stand when I am, you’ll see me turning their lights upside down...now you know why. I hope theirs do comply.

Roll & Hill G02 www.rollandhill.com

...whereas New York City-based Roll & Hill are systematically engineering European versions of their lights. As a result, they provide a valuable service by selling international versions of designs by studios that also sell directly, but maybe only American versions – such as Lindsey Adelman and – yes – Rich Brilliant Willing.... Generally, though a young company, Roll and Hill is already becoming an internationally important source for very good, often large, pieces from leading American designers.

Stop press: look out for a stunning new wall light, Stella, by Rosie Li.

Rotaliana B07 www.rotaliana.com

We are glad that Rotaliana are showing, because we want to catch up with what they are doing. Their web site does not seem to have been updated for two years (the main announcement on the home page is about Euroluce 2011...), yet they don't only have good lights in their collection, they also have quirky objects that have demonstrated original thought, and fill needs nothing else fills – I’m thinking of their MultiPot, now joined by wittily designed Eolo (that provides “...chromatic light and ambient fragrances”), LaDiva (a task light and loudspeaker with an iPhone dock, plus radio &c.). And MulitBook, that not only recharges electric things, as the MultiPot does, but also contains an alarm clock. So, it’ll be very interesting to see what they have come up with this year!

SCE N21 www.sce-france.com

SCE is a french company with a range so varied that it is easy to overlook what is there – put another way, there is no such thing as a “typical” SCE light (actually, having just written that and looked again at what they do, I’m not so sure, but I’ll let is stand because it is a bit true.)  You’ll get an idea from the names they give their collections: Contemporain, Charme, Ethno-chic, Déco and Black & white. You get an even better idea if you have a good look at what is on their stand, of course.

Secto E04 www.sectodesign.fi

A wonderful collection of lights that work in so many different environments. With any luck, we will see the new Aspiro pendant. Using his signature pressed birch, Seppo Koho has created free-falling spirals. It will only be available in birch, but the cables can be black or red. Also, if you have not yet seen it, look out for the walnut veneered versions of the rest of the collection, a finish that was introduced last year.

Serafini E11 www.serafiniluce.it

Serafini is a marble working company that, besides doing all kinds of bespoke marble products, has introduced a range of lights, made primarily from calacatta marble and travertine. So, rather than being lights from a product designer who occasionally chooses to use marble, these are lights from people who truly understand the materials, because they work with them every day. For the Fair, they are introducing Chapeau, a pendant with a simple, nicely shaped reflector above an exposed lamp – a traditional Italian typology, but never before in travertine!

Wästberg B11 www.wastberg.com

No new lighting company has so deliberately pinned its colours to the mast of working with the most fashionable designers. Thus, the first collection, in 2008, comprised task lights by James Irvine, Jean-Marie Massaud, Ilse Crawford and Claesson Koivisto Rune. Subsequently, David Chipperfield and Maarten Van Severen have designed for Wästberg, amongst others that include Inga Sempé, whose wonderful design is particularly good as pendant (though there is a task light version, of course!). The result is trade fair stands that are achieving the status of a design museum. And the focus on task lights makes total sense to people in the trade, since they are possibly the most interesting type of light.

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Stockholm: Svenskt Tenn and Michael Anastassiades

Michael Anastassiades Flight table light for Svenskt Tenn One of the most exciting interiors shops in the whole world is Stockholm's Svenskt Tenn.

One of the most exciting artists currently creating lights is Michael Anastassiades ( in our opinion, and as we made clear in our previous post about him, here).

So you can imagine how delighted we were to find that the two are cooperating. The backbone of Svenskt Tenn's collection is the work of the Austrian architect Josef Frank, who worked with Svenskt Tenn's founder, Estrid Ericson, from 1934 until his death in 1967.

Svenskt Tenn asked Michael Anastassiades for a "reinterpretation" of some of Josef Frank's works. This kind of concept usually goes terribly wrong, so we were delighted to see that what he created not only demonstrates a fine, nuanced understanding of, and respect for, Josef Frank's work, but also that his works stand alone -- they would be credible designs even if the background to them were not known.

An example is the Flight table light at the top of this post. A lovely light. And so is the likely source, Josef Frank's table light #2349 (look at the wonderful foot -- delicate, yet solid!):

Josef Frank 2349 table light in brass for Svenskt Tenn

Michael Anastassiades has taken an idea which echoes a Chinese lantern and created an entirely new design that recalls a hot air balloon. Now the brass foot is a whoosh upwards.

The other lights (it is not just lights in the collection, but this is Fine Lighting News!) are in this design, which comes as the Cylinder table light...

Michael Anastassiades Cylinder table light for Svenskt Tenn

...and the Hem (Home) floor light:

Michael Anastassiades Hem floor light for Svenskt Tenn

There are also versions of both lights that have a little pleated silk skirt added:

Michael Anastassiades Cylinder table light with pleated silk

 

Svenskt Tenn explain that:

Michael Anastassiades has created a series of products exclusively for Svenskt Tenn in which he plays with the concept of sincerity, through a reinterpretation of selected objects designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn.

Selected products will be produced as limited editions and others are to be included in Svenskt Tenn´s permanent assortment.

You can see the full collection (not just the lights) here. To get a rough idea of the prices in euros, divide by 10. And, with the weakness of the pound, the same calculation will currently (February 2013) indicate prices in sterling also. The Swedish VAT rate is 25%.

 

 

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Michael Anastassiades at London Design Week

Michael Anastassiades Mobile Chandelier 3 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:

Michael Anastassiades Mobile Chandelier 5 floor light

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:

Michael Anastassiades Mobile Chandelier 1

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:

Michael Anastassiades at MAK-Branch Vienna

 

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