Michael Anastassiades ventures into colour with new minimalist lighting collection

Alice Morby

Michael Anastassiades has moved away from his typically colourless palette to create a series of pale green looping lamps.

The Bespoke Loop collection launched at Design Miami, marking the first time that the London designer has worked with colour.

"The designs currently on view at Design Miami mark the first use of colour in Anastassiades' lighting and an embarking point for the designer to use colour in his work," said The Future Perfect – the New York gallery for which Anastassiades has created the works.

According to the gallery, Anastassiades worked with more than 50 shades before deciding on a "verdigris hue" that was inspired by both contemporary and historical influences, such as French designer Jean Royère.

The hoop-shaped brass lights are formed from a delicate frame, with a spherical bulb attached on its inside surface.

Anastassiades studied industrial design at London's Royal College of Art. He launched his own London-based lighting brand in 2007 and has since only collaborated with a small number of large design companies like Flos.

His first ever commercial furniture piece – a two-seat sofa – was launched last year by London design brand SCP to mark its 30th anniversary.

During this year's Milan design week, he debuted his first range of furniture for US company Herman Miller in an installation themed around a 1915 painting.

Although Anastassiades' collection stays true to his signature minimalist aesthetic, the majority of works on show at this year's Design Miami collectors' fair are more anarchic, with designers responding to tumultuous political times.

"Times are crazy," Juan Garcia Mosqueda of New York gallery Chamber told Dezeen. "No-one wants to play it safe any more."

Michael Anastassiades ventures into colour with new minimalist lighting collection

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