The concept of the String Lights Sphere by Michael Anastassiades is so profoundly simple, instead of trying to figure out how to hide cables and wires; the designer has created an opportunity to celebrate these aspects of the design to create visually engaging “cable installations” that are reminiscent of the lines one would create with an Etch-A-Sketch.
You start by envisioning the type of lighting installation you want to create and determine the number of linear feet of cable you will need – a choice of two lengths of Kevlar reinforced coaxial cable are available – 39.3′ or 72.2′. The diffuser is a sphere that is composed of matte black varnished die-cast aluminum and opal polycarbonate. The power supply is available as wall or ceiling mount (hard wired) as well as the option of a floor power supply (plug-in). The ceiling/wall canopy version can supply power for two lamps with a 3‑way out for cables. The floor version can also supply power for two lamps but with 2‑way out for cables. To add an additional fixture to your hard wired or plug-in installation select “none” and your length of cable in the drop-down menu. All diffusers feature Soft Touch technology allowing the user with a simple touch to turn the lights on or off. Extra cable can also be purchased separately to supplement the standard String Lights installation kits.
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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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