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Informed Conversation with Michael Anastassiades

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Michael Anastassiades

Stelios Kallinikou

Known for his precious lamps that defy the rules of balance, the designer Michael Anastassiades signs his first collection for the Flos lighting editor. The opportunity for him to deliver his point of view ... enlightened.

The filament bulbs disappeared from our shelves in 2012. How did you adapt?

Designer Michael Anastassiades: The problem with technology is that it changes constantly. And it must be said that in terms of bulbs, the change was rather radical. The only parry is the permanent investment: seek solutions, find them, and start again. When I started in this business, we used incandescent bulbs of course. When production stopped, it was necessary to find lasting solutions. So we bought a stock of filament bulbs to continue to supply our customers. Then we worked with a manufacturer on a line of halogen bulbs for our models. For me, it was the only responsible attitude towards our customers.

Tip of the Tongue

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Much has been criticized about the quality of the light emitted by these new bulbs. Have manufacturers made progress in this area?

Designer Michael Anastassiades: Absolutely. We can now control the temperature of its light. Temperature is the most important. With the first LEDs, the light was limited to a cold white pulling on the blue that was not good. Admittedly, it was economical, but it was the only advantage. Once again, technology is constantly evolving. Critics were strong, and the number of companies involved quite low. The leaders have therefore pushed their research further to obtain more efficient bulbs, at a temperature closer to that of the old filament bulbs. As for the companies that did not play the game, they often went out of business. Given demand, I am quite optimistic about the future of this market.

Chandelier Tube

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Do these new technologies serve your creativity?

Designer Michael Anastassiades: At the end of the day, technology must help us find solutions. But each new solution also brings new issues. The first thing that matters to me is the quality of light that I want to get, then the aesthetics. Of course, I always want to use the Led bulb, but it is not necessarily the appropriate solution. The amount of heat emitted is sometimes too high for what we want to do. In this case, I turn to more traditional solutions, such as halogen, still in production.

Mobile Chandelier 5

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You have launched your first collection for Flos. How did you adapt your work to this less confidential publisher?

Designer Michael Anastassiades: Flos has a different audience from the one I'm used to, his production does not play on the same scale as mine (my lamps are hand-assembled, it's something that would be impossible to practice on a larger scale ). What is interesting about Flos is that the brand can invest in research and development.

Your work is very poetic, how do you maintain the balance between poetry and technique?

Designer Michael Anastassiades: It's important to mix the two and I do not think we should become victims of technology. I like switches, turn on and off a lamp. For Flos String Light, you can adjust the light from the base or by touching the tip of the cone. But as these suspensions were designed to be installed in height, I accepted that we develop an application to resolve them via smartphones. As a designer, it is sometimes difficult not to be carried away by the possibilities of technology. However, it must be a solution and not a source of additional problems.michaelanastassiades.com

Michael Anastassiades

Stelios Kallinikou

CFL Pendant Rod

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Flexible light

Where ? In the private salon of Parnasse, Orange's high-end technology consulting brand, located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. The idea to remember? The light bands applied to the walls and on the coffee table. These "Nanolight", developed by the eponymous manufacturer, work a little on the same principle as the Oled: phosphorus is trapped between an aluminum layer and a transparent and conductive layer. In the same way, the light is generated by an electric current, but these strips, whose thickness does not exceed a millimeter, have the advantage of being flexible, scored and even foldable. If this product remains confidential today, we can not wait to see the designers seize it. nanolight.fr

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Integrated light

Where ? In Milan, in an apartment transformed by the publisher Natevo to expose his new range of furniture. The idea to remember? Here, not a single lamp and no wire. The Istanbul agency Toner Architects presents a line of illuminated furniture with LED strips integrated into the uprights. The light intensity can be adjusted according to the size of the room and the layout of the furniture to do without lamps. A minimalist solution that remains for the moment for hotel professionals and developers but which is none the less realistic. natevo.com

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