Flos is Main Sponsor of the first survey exhibition of Cypriot-born, London based designer Michael Anastassiades. Organized and introduced by NiMAC (The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation) and the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, the exhibition Things That Go Together reflects on the designer’s twelve-year practice to date; by his eponymous brand into his extensive studio collaborations with established manufacturers such as Flos. The series presents Anastassiades’ design procedure through his research, his personal selection of items and finished works in the studio archive.
Michael Anastassiades established his studio in London in 1994. His work has been featured in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the MAK in Vienna, the Crafts Council in London and the FRAC Centre in Orleans France. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Reload the Current Page’, Point Centre for Contemporary Arts Nicosia, ‘Time And Again’ at the Geymüllerschl.ssel/MAK in Vienna, ‘Doings On Time and Light’,’ Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, ‘To Be Perfectly Frank’ at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, ‘Kinetic Light 2 – Gold Pendulum’, Norfolk House music space at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Cyprus Presidency at the European Parliament in Brussels Belgium,”13 Mobiles’,’ Atelier Jesper Brussels.
Anastassiades is a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) at the Royal Society of Arts. He’s involved in educational programmes at international institutions such as Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and ECAL, Lausanne.
NiMAC will soon be hosting a series of parallel events throughout the span of the exhibition, including guided tours, excursions, talks and educational programmes, activities and workshops. In addition, a special publication will be launched in May 2019 by Apartamento Publishing S.L. Contributors will be Yiannis Toumazis, Director of Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC), Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, Emily King, Design Writer and Curator, Elena Parpa, Writer, Researcher and Curator, Artist Mario García Torres, and the publication’s editor, Alessandro Rabottini, Curator and Artistic Director of Miart.
All the goods designed for Flos over the years are showcased in the exhibition, including an impressive installation of Arrangements. A special area reproducing 72 different miniature configurations of String Light is meant to reveal the versatility of the extraordinary design, which can be utilized efficiently and creatively in infinite ways.
Michael’s first collaboration with Flos is dated back to 2013. The mild items he has designed for the Italian company since then, including String Lights, IC Lights, Copycat, Captain Flint, and the current Overlap and Arrangements, have won top industry awards and been hugely successful with the international public. The nature of the designs, combined with his skillful use of exceptionally innovative lighting technology alternatives, makes each work exceptional and surprisingly emotional.
Every time you start a new project you are faced with the anxiety of a blank page: that this time around you will learn from the time before and what you will draw, will most probably be better. It is obvious to think that practice and knowledge are part of an evolving process and that placing your work in a chronological sequence would reveal this process clearly. It is only when you place everything randomly that you understand that the creative act extends beyond evolution and that instinct and spontaneity can surpass knowledge.
– Michael Anastassiades