Michael Anastassiades has trained in Civil Engineering at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine and has a masters Degree in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art in London. After working freelance with various renowned Design practices he set up his own studio in 1994.
Since then, he has been exploring contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design. Playfully positioned between fine Art and Design his unique, yet discreet work seeks to provoke dialogue, participation and interaction out of what would normally be a series of, inanimate, mundane utilitarian objects. Using a minimal language he personalises these objects, giving them identity and vitality they might otherwise not possess.
His work is featured in the permanent collections of the MoMA (New York) the V&A (London) and the Crafts Council (London). With clients that include Swarovski, Rosenthal, and Hussein Chalayan.
Michael Anastassiades’ pieces also feature prominently in landmark interiors like Soho House New York, Chiswick London, and Grand Hotel Stockholm. He has participated in many group and solo exhibitions around the world (‘Safe’, MOMA, NY 2005; ‘Extraordinary’, Klturhuset, Stockholm 2005; ‘Strangely Familiar’, Walker Arts Centre touring show 2003; ‘Stealing Beauty’ ICA London 1999...)
Michael Anastassiades, the company, was started in 2007 to introduce Michael’s signature pieces. The Michael Anastassiades collection of lighting, furniture, jewellery and tabletop objects, is manufactured with a craftsmanship that brings out the intrinsic beauty of the materials in an honest and original manner. The company’s philosophy is to search for eclecticism, individuality and timeless qualities in design.