When it comes to suspended lighting for your home, the variety of possible solutions is growing day by day. Nevertheless, lights are mostly seen as independent objects, with determined positions within a space.
Creating the perfect lighting design for your home can be tricky. Imagine moving to a new house, and discovering that the power sources are not where you need them, and opening your walls and ceiling or reinstalling everything seems like more work than it’s worth. Cypriot-born and London-based designer Michael Anastassiades has developed a rather poetic response to this realistic problem.
With his String Lights, designed for renowned Italian lighting company Flos, Anastassiades gives an extra dimension to the presence of electrical wire, or string, hence the name of the design.
Anastassiades transforms the string from a technical detail into a thin line with a subtle-yet-strong presence. The designer was inspired in particular by the way outdoor electricity wires join with pylons, and thereby transform the landscape in a disciplined way. By prolonging the cable by several meters, and adding small and simple attachments that ensure an easy installation, you’re free to hang them in any way you desire, in almost no time. The cable becomes a playful part of the interior, and make it possible to visually divide spaces, accentuate angles and corners, create depth, or serve as a simple solution to a technical problem.
These indoor suspension lights comes in two different shapes, based on basic three-dimensional geometry, namely the cone and the sphere. The matte black varnished aluminum bodies with a clear soft-touch varnish contrast nicely with the optical diffusers in opal polycarbonate that encapsulate the 26W LEDs, ensuring a light output of 1910 Lumens with a color temperature of 2700K (warm white).
The suspension system is a 39.27 foot (12 meter) reinforced coaxial cable, available with a wall/ceiling connection in black polycarbonate and a power supply with a black floor switch. Switching on and dimming the light becomes more fun (and functional) due to the optical mechanism on the cable, just above the light source – or controlled by Bluetooth with a Android or iOS app.
About Michael Anastassiades
Anastassiades trained as a civil engineer at London’s Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine before taking a masters degree in industrial design at the Royal College of Art. He launched his studio in 1994 to “explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture, and environmental design.”
Anastassiades set up the company Michael Anastassiades Ltd to produce his “signature pieces,” a collection of lighting, furniture, jewelry, and tabletop objects.
The studio’s philosophy is a continuous search for eclecticism, individuality, and timeless qualities in design.
Flos has been collaborating with a range of designers on lighting for professional and residential use for 50 years. Experimenting with revolutionary materials and hi-tech solutions, such as OLEDs and eco-sustainable materials, has made them a leader in conceiving new languages around light, based oninnovative aesthetics. Flos is balanced on the fine line that divides and unites art and design, craftsmanship and industry, the limited edition and larger scale manufacturing, and an individual’s idea and the collective imagination.