Well-deserved international recognition

Elle Deco International Design Awards LightForm Blog

Launched in 2003, the Elle Deco International Design Awards (EDIDA) is a unique international event where the 25 editors-in-chief for the Elle Decoration international network gather to award global excellence. The annual awards ceremony takes place in Milan during April’s Salone del Mobile event.

Michael Anastassiades LightForm Blog

This year, Elle Deco International Design Awards’ 2019 selection for Designer of the Year is designer Michael Anastassiades!

Respected for the meticulous care he puts into every single one of his iconic designs, Anastassiades’ work hasn’t gone unnoticed by his peers in the design industry. His ability to operate effortlessly in all the fields of design is well admired. His style becomes simpler with every challenge he faces. His pieces are self-descriptive, pure, and honest.

Born in Cyprus and now based in London, Michael Anastassiades is a civil engineer and industrial designer with a Master from the Royal College of Art. He launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture, and environmental design.

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I feel very honoured to be awarded by EDIDA. It’s an international award of an incredible standard. It’s important to be acknowledged for your services as a designer, and it makes you want to keep on doing what you’re doing.

FLOS Michael Anastassiades String Light Suspension LightForm Blog

Michael Anastassiades’ String Lights collection earned him an EDIDA in the Lighting Design category back in 2014.

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.

FLOS Arrangements Suspension LightForm Blog

Arrangements is another one of Anastassiades’ most known works. The collection took home the Lighting Design EDIDA in 2018.

Anastassiades’ work is featured in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Crafts Council in London, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, and the MAK in Vienna.

FLOS IC Light T2 Table LightForm Blog

The clean and modern look of Anastassiades’ IC light makes it one of our favourites!

What’s important to realize as a lighting designer is that we’re not trying to replicate the day. We’re not trying to copy the day into the night. The important thing is to embrace darkness and to appreciate and introduce light in a very active manner.

FLOS Copycat Table LightForm Blog

The sleek Copycat table lamp design for FLOS embodies Anastassiades’ minimalist approach.

His solo exhibitions include Time and Again at the Geymüllerschlössel/MAK. In 2007 he set up the company Michael Anastassiades Ltd. to produce his signature pieces; a collection of lighting, furniture, jewellery, and table top objects.

Michael Anastassiades EDIDA Designer of the Year LightForm Blog

Huge congrats to Michael Anastassiades for this incredible achievement!

Anastassiades at LightForm Toronto

We had the huge honour of welcoming Anastassiades to our Toronto showroom in 2017, when he joined us for an intimate chat about design and his lighting collections with Azure Editor-in-Chief Danny Sinopoli. Read about that event here. Want to be invited to our next design event? Sign up on our blog for VIP invitations!

For more information about Michael Anastassiades’ lighting collections, connect with us, browse our website, or visit a LightForm near you to see them in person.