Parallel Structure Table
for B&B Italia
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.
BBItalia The Collection
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.