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Jack Book­case

c. 2018

by Michael Anastassiades
for B&B Italia

Jack Book­case

by Michael Anastassiades
for B&B Italia

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The Jack book­case is the result of the first collab­o­ra­tion between B&B Italia and Michael Anas­tas­si­ades. Known for his skills in working with light, the Cypriot designer has designed a modular book­case system with a strik­ing degree of tech­no­log­i­cal perfec­tion. In its search for the creation of an inno­v­a­tive language, this design chal­lenge revis­its and modern­izes a design classic, the 1950’s room center book­case, trans­form­ing it into a compli­ment with a clean, essen­tial yet archi­tec­tural struc­ture. The genius of the piece lies in conceal­ing the engi­neered supports, includ­ing those holding up the lami­nated shelves, inside the verti­cal elements with a rounded section made of extruded aluminum and inte­grated by an exclu­sive, totally-invis­i­ble, floor-ceiling tele­scopic adjustment system. 

The system is avail­able in 14 heights, ranging from 86 – 1/2″ to 127 – 1/2″ and taking in all measure­ments in-between, while the shelves are in two lengths, 29 – 1/2″ and 35 – 1/2″ both 12″ deep. Two are the finishes provided for the verti­cal elements and shelves for single-color solu­tions, chalk white and black, both matte.

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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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