Milan – Light is effortless in its transformative power. With its presence, absence, colour or temperature, light can alter the architecture of a space and influence emotions. As people spend an average of 85 - 90% of their time indoors, designers are researching how light can better serve our bodies. The research so far has focused on the brightness and colour temperature of light employed in workspaces and homes. But what happens when light is distilled as a form – when its presence within a space becomes an extension of, or an addition to, the interior architecture? In the Jewels after Jewels after Jewels installation by Michael Anastassiades for the launch of the modular chandeliers Arrangements, light becomes not only a tool of illumination but a means of relational aesthetics.
In Arrangements, the geometric shapes and curves of light on matte black aluminum frames have the appearance of having being drawn in space. The design began with the term ‘pendant’ – inspired by parallels between lighting and jewellery, Anastassiades created this collection of modular chandeliers in a nod to adornment. The hypermodern chandeliers exude a diffused light, and can be grouped into various compositions which are as sculptural as they are functional.
For the Flos showroom at Milan Design Week, Anastassiades demonstrates the technical potential of Arrangements in Jewels after Jewels after Jewels, braiding and interlacing the lighting collection into a nebulous composition without any visible electrical or mechanical connections. Tablets available throughout the space allow visitors to create their own compositions, with a program developed by Flos called ‘Make your Arrangements’.
The light installation displays light’s material qualities and acknowledges Anastassiades as a sculptor of light.