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Paral­lel Structure Table

c. 2019

by Michael Anastassiades
for B&B Italia

Paral­lel Structure Table

by Michael Anastassiades
for  B&B Italia

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Two impos­ing aluminum bars joined by two side supports is the concept for the Paral­lel Struc­ture designed by Michael Anas­tas­si­ades for B&B Italia. With a minimal and essen­tial vision, this concept becomes an object. The search for extreme simplic­ity is often accom­pa­nied by the need to find cutting-edge tech­ni­cal solu­tions, and Paral­lel Struc­ture is the perfect example. 

Great atten­tion was paid to the detail­ing of the joins, the rela­tion­ship between clean­li­ness of form and struc­tural elements and the combi­na­tion of differ­ent mate­ri­als. The legs are in solid wood, while the side supports archi­traves connect­ing the colored aluminum bars. The collec­tion includes two sizes and tops in differ­ent mate­ri­als: Canaletto walnut and four vari­ants of oak — light, grey, black and smoked. This table creates a pure and mono­lithic pres­ence, where appar­ent simplic­ity erases all that is super­flu­ous. Start­ing from its name, Paral­lel Struc­ture is a product that natu­rally brings an archi­tec­tural approach to the design world.

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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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