A stem of satin-finished brass. And on top, as if in a balancing act, a 30-centimetre glass sphere that projects outwards in a delicate equilibrium on the end of the slanting baton. Apparently unstable, the opalescent ball looks as though it might slip away, as if it were a circus object, or the apparatus for a juggler’s act in which both elements — sphere and baton — are magically balanced. The IC Lights floor lamp by Michael Anastassiades (also available in wall-mounted, table and hanging versions) has the poetic grace and visionary design quality that have always characterised the work of the Cypriot designer.

Anastassiades often makes forays into the borderland between design and contemporary art. His philosophy aims at the creation of objects that can produce a permanent value, always at the frontier with artwork. His designs and things originate from a philosophical but also poetic process. However, Anastassiades never forgoes a meticulous search for materials and craftsmanship that endows each of his objects with a uniquely precious quality, as in the case of IC Lights with the choice of brushed brass or chrome.


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