Light show

Sculp­tural pieces at ECC

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In 1962, the same year the com­pany was es­tab­lished, Flos pro­duced sev­eral lamps that were to be­come clas­sics. De­signed by Achille and Pier­gia­como Castiglioni, the Arco, ‘Relemme’, ‘Toio’ and ‘Tac­cia’ are all still in pro­duc­tion to­day.

Char­ac­terised by their ded­i­ca­tion to high-qual­ity de­sign and pro­duc­tion, Flos con­tin­ues to cre­ate re­mark­able pieces – beau­ti­ful de­signs des­tined to be­come clas­sics. The com­pany works with a num­ber of de­sign­ers, in­clud­ing the Lon­don-based, Cyprus-born Michael Anas­tas­si­ades, who is cel­e­brated for his pure, sculp­tural light­ing forms.

Re­cently ar­rived at ECC, ‘Ar­range­ments’ by Michael Anas­tas­si­ades for Flos beau­ti­fully demon­strates the de­signer’s bal­ance be­tween artistry and tech­ni­cal­ity. De­cep­tively sim­ple, yet metic­u­lously de­tailed, the work be­trays his train­ing as a civil en­gi­neer and in­dus­trial de­signer.

“I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated with the par­al­lel that ex­ists be­tween light­ing and jew­ellery,” says Anas­tas­si­ades. “How each piece re­lates to hu­man scale: one is de­signed to be worn on the body, whereas the other is made to dec­o­rate the space some­one oc­cu­pies. I’m chal­lenged in how the del­i­cate na­ture of some­thing small can be trans­lated spa­tially and still man­age to re­tain its pre­cious­ness in the way ma­te­ri­als are pre­sented.”

Above ‘Ar­range­ments’ by Michael Anas­tas­si­ades for Flos demon­strates the de­signer’s fas­ci­na­tion with the par­al­lels be­tween light­ing and jew­ellery.

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