Born in 1967, designer Michael Anastassiades was raised in Cyprus and moved to the United Kingdom in 1998 for school. He studied civil engineering at London’s Imperial College (1988-1991) and industrial design at Royal College of Art (1991-1993). He then founded his London studio in 1994. In 2007, in an effort to increase the availability of his pieces, Anastassiades began working with family-run workshops across the globe to fabricate his designs.
His pieces—which include tabletop objects, lighting, and mirrors—combine sculpture, decorative art, and industrial design. Anastassiades’s aesthetic is minimal yet dramatic; his designs often utilize rich, reflective materials and simple, geometric shapes, resulting in pieces that elegantly engage in their settings.
Anastassiades’s designs can be found in esteemed hotels, restaurants, and stores across the globe, as well as in the permanent collections of major cultural institutions—including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, among others. He has collaborated with a variety of designers and manufacturers, including Hussein Chalayan, Swarovski Crystal Palace, Flos, and Lobmeyr.