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IC Light, T1 High

by Michael Anastassiades
for Flos

IC Light T1 High table lamp consists of a mouth blown opaline sphere held up by a brassed steel frame. The opaline glass diffuses a tanta­liz­ing balance of light to any space. There is a dimmer on the power chord.

Anas­tas­si­ades’ IC Lights collec­tion is very much about balance – perhaps, more impor­tantly, the illu­sion thereof. Each version – floor, suspen­sion, table, ceiling/​wall – features opal glass orbs seem­ingly perched precar­i­ously on narrow cylin­dri­cal rods wildly defying every­thing one intel­lec­tu­ally grasps about physics. After watch­ing a video clip of a contact juggler, designer Michael Anas­tas­si­ades was inspired by the skill it took to spin and move the set of spheres around the juggler’s body. His start­ing point was to capture the moment where the spheres seemed to freeze in place on the juggler’s arms and the edge of his fingers, thus was born the IC collection.

Michael Anastassiades

Cyprus (1967)

Born in Cyprus, London-based designer Michael Anastassiades is known for creating furniture, lighting, and accessories that merge stark forms with interesting, eye-catching details. His popular lighting designs often incorporate simple shapes like cylinders, spheres, and tubes elevated by the addition of mirrors, crystal, and polished metal. His work is fundamentally clean-lined, functional, and easy to comprehend, making it suitable for countless interior arrangements. At the same time, his designs’ beautiful lines and clever compositions make them stand out as works of art. Products like his IC Lights collection for FLOS, inspired by the movement of a contact juggler, demonstrate Anastassiades’s ability to create exceptional designs from the most seemingly simple foundations.

After studying civil engineering and industrial design in London, Anastassiades launched his eponymous studio in 1994. Since then, he’s collaborated with leading design houses, such as FLOS, Lobmeyr, Svenskt Tenn, and Herman Miller, as well as cultural tastemakers across the artistic spectrum, such as fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, Paris boutique Colette, architects David Chipperfield and John Pawson, and interior design firm Studio Isle. In 2007, he established Michael Anastassiades Ltd. to produce his own signature pieces.

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