Describing his work as "minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of unexpected vitality”, designer Michael Anastassiades develops furniture and lighting that strikes a balance between art and the practicalities of life.
From his studio in London, Michael Anastassiades explores participation and interaction in his work, each design reduced down to its essential elements but holding a certain mystery and surprise. In the case of the Jack shelving system, it is both a room divider and a shelving system in one with the secret to its shelving mechanism hidden from view. The idea sprang from Anastassiades’ interest in developing a storage system that could be supported between the ceiling and the floor, allowing for flexibility within an interior and concealing all internal fixings that support each shelf.
Precisely detailed, key to Jack was finding a way to stack the system’s round tubes with an invisible support and no visible fixings. Working closely with the technical team inside B&B Italia’s R&D department, the collaboration between the designer and B&B Italia brings the magic of the design idea to life.
‘All the Invisible’ is a film by art director Federico Pepe that celebrates the work of Glas Italia, a company that grew from the traditions of Italian glass making and for more than 40 years has explored the ancient craft through innovation and collaboration with designers like Patricia Urquiola, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Piero Lissoni.
The studio of Garcia Cumini is based in Udine, an area of northern Italy that blends history and culture much like the backgrounds of founding designers Vicente Garcia Jiménez and Cinzia Cumini whose experiences are diverse and richly layered. We catch up with the duo to talk about Spokes and the Italian lighting maker Foscarini who has a reputation for experimentation and spotting talent.
For this year’s Sydney Contemporary art fair Sullivan+Strumpf gallery and designers Flack Studio worked together to create an immersive experience featuring leading artists from the Asia-Pacific and furniture from the Sapce collection designed by some of the world’s greats. more space caught up with Flack Studio to discuss their first gallery collaboration.
Filmed on location in the Space Sydney showroom, stylist Steve Cordony has created a series of interior vignettes capturing his ideas for timeless living. As one of Australia’s leading stylists, Steve was an ideal choice for a series that explores the diversity of the Space collection via the immersive medium of film.
Salvador Dalì famously posed in the UP5 armchair and the James Bond classic ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ featured it inside architect John Lautner’s Elrod House in Palms Springs. By the 1970s the UP Series, which turns 50 this year, was suddenly more than just a new piece of furniture, it had come to represent a whole new generation of designers.
Formafantasma is the studio of Italian designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin who met while studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Their work explores craft and industry, and often involves new ways of engaging their audience through furniture, objects, lighting and exhibitions. They recently began a collaboration with Brooklyn-based lighting studio Roll & Hill. more space caught up with the duo who share both work and life together.
Design studio Pierce Widera is interior designer Amy Pierce and architect Nat Widera, who met while working together at Chris Connell Design. Since opening their own office they have completed a diversity of projects, from a teeny tiny 35 square metre café, to a co-working space and a multi-level hospitality project. more space caught up with the talented duo to talk design, friendship and the influences that shape their practice.
The story of Mart can be traced back to the 1960s and a time of huge social change. For the founder of B&B Italia, Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, that meant looking for ideas in sometimes unexpected places. A chance encounter with a rubber duck manufacturer in the UK became the catalyst for a new way to make sofas, and continues to underpin the furniture group’s philosophy for innovation and collaboration.
Late last year B&B Italia announced the re-edition of 20 products designed by Luigi Caccia Dominioni, one of Italy’s most admired designers and architects whose love of the Baroque movement’s expressive forms and beautiful details quietly shaped apartment buildings, theatres and public spaces in Milan during the post-WWII period. The addition of this historic collection marks another step by B&B Italia to preserve Italy’s rich design heritage.
Designer and architect Piero Lissoni has studios in Milan and New York and has established a practice that weaves between the design of buildings, furniture, exhibitions, graphics and art direction. It is a studio that is grounded in the traditions of Italian design fluidity producing some of the most interesting installations and furniture collections at Milan Design Week.