"I don’t consider myself an artist or a designer – even though I was trained as such — but simply a creative person."
Michael Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture, and environmental design. Positioned between fine art and design, his work aims to provoke dialogue, participation, and interaction. He creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian, and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect.
Michael’s work is featured in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Craft Council in London, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, and the MAK in Vienna. His solo exhibitions include Time and Again at the Geymüllerschlössel/MAK in Vienna, To Be Perfectly Frank at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, Norfolk House Music Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Cyprus Presidency at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Michael has designed products with various leading manufacturers including FLOS, Lobmeyr, and Svenskt Tenn. In 2007 Michael founded an eponymous firm to produce his signature pieces, along with a collection of lighting, furniture, jewellery, and tabletop objects. The studio’s philosophy involves a continuous search for eclecticism, individuality, and timeless qualities in design.
Michael trained as a civil engineer at London’s Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine before taking a Master’s degree in industrial design at the Royal College of Art. He currently lives and works in London.