In Residence: Michael Anastassiades

Take a Tour of the Cypriot Designer’s Minimalist London Townhouse

“This felt like a secret spot,” says designer Michael Anastassiades of finding his home and studio which overlooks the rail tracks of London’s Waterloo Station. “I didn’t mind the noise the trains made, I was more interested in the flow of people.” The apartment is a voluminous trove of kinetic light sculptures and meticulously arranged objets d’art. “I really believe in proportion and also that everything has to relate to the space around it,” says Anastassiades, who trained as a civil engineer at London’s Imperial College and whose works are in the permanent collections of both the MoMA and Victoria and Albert Museum. Today a notable collaborator of Italian lighting house Flos, Anastassiades enlisted the help of Belgian architect and friend Wim de Mul to forge a live/work space that would also function to display his inventions in 1994. These include his Tip Of The Tongue light, where an opaline sphere teeters on the edge of a metal cylinder as if about to roll off, and brass lights that seem to balance intrinsically in the air. “I’m interested in the instability that exists in design,” he continues. “In the mobile series, everything is in perfect equilibrium until there is a slight movement in the air around you, and the fixtures start moving. You realize how delicate everything is.”

Michael Anastassiades: Reload The Current Page launches at Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus on January 31.

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  • scotshot
    This wasn't a tour of this man's home. What was shown was over-staged. The balance was a series of shots of vignettes. Terribly unsatisfying and a waste of time. Consider showing the space and not how cute someone can be by placing objects in the middle of the floor.
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    • March 10, 2014 at 9:12AM
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    William Onyeabor: Fantastic Man

    New York Roller Dancers Skate to the Nigerian Synth Pioneer’s Swirling Beat

    “We were looking for a group of individuals that had something otherworldly about them,” says musician and filmmaker Adam Bainbridge aka Kindness on the stars of today’s video for “Fantastic Man” by near-mythical psychedelic funk artist William Onyeabor. “I then remembered the energy, the sense of camaraderie and above all, the love of music of the Central Park skaters.” Co-directed with Camilla Wasserman, the joyous short spotlights the cosmic funk of the artist from Enugu, Nigeria, whose backstory is virtually unknown. After a prolific musical output in the 1980s, Onyeabor became a born-again Christian, refusing to talk about his past; one that may or may not have included a period studying film in the Soviet Union and setting up a recording studio, pressing plant and record label when he returned to Africa. “I found out that Damon Albarn was one of the few guys who was familiar with his music,” says Eric Welles-Nyström from Luaka Bop, the label founded by David Byrne and Yale Evelev that released last year’s critically lauded compilation, Who is William Onyeabor?. “It wasn't until we spoke with Damon that it hit me how funny Onyeabor's music can be. He told us how, after listening to the lyrics of ‘Fantastic Man’, he imagined Onyeabor’s behavior towards his lover—showering her with compliments all day long, he finally wants to get some love back.”

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    Richard Meier x Massimo Vignelli

    On the Edge of Modernism With the Master Architect and the Genius Designer

    Illustrious modernist Richard Meier and multi-disciplinary creator Massimo Vignelli reflect on their respective crafts, city life, and enduring friendship in this mesmeric film by Johnnie Shand Kydd. Shot at the minimalist offices of Richard Meier & Partners on 10th Avenue and West 36th Street, the two powerhouses discuss their collaboration on the firm’s forthcoming monograph, Richard Meier, Architect Volume 6, chronicling the stark, white, rationalist buildings that define the firm’s aesthetic. The Pritzker Prize laureate's most notable projects include the Getty Center in L.A., the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and more recently, the two glass-and-steel towers on Perry Street in New York’s West Village that Martha Stewart, Ian Schrager, Calvin Klein, and Nicole Kidman have all called home. Vignelli, too, has left a significant mark on Manhattan, having famously designed the New York subway map and signage, in addition to working on everything from packaging and furniture design to corporate identities for clients like BMW, Barney’s, Xerox and American Airlines. “Architects need to have a certain arrogance, a sense of self-belief,” posits Shand Kydd. “A designer, however, has to be more collaborative. Consequently, Meier and Vignelli have very different natures, but like all very talented people, they both look forward and not back.” Here Meier nonetheless looks to his present city, and beyond, to reveal his select few architectural necessities.


    Favorite buildings around the world:
    Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp
    Le Thoronet Abbey in Provence
    Ryōan-ji in Kyoto
    Fatehpur Sikri in Agra
    The Guggenheim Museum in New York City

    Favorite spaces in New York:
    The plaza at the Seagram Building
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Central Park
    The Guggenheim Museum
    My apartment

    Things every architect should own:
    A good supply of General’s Draughting Pencils
    A Keuffel & Esser ruler
    A 9 - 8 1/2 ft long work table
    A white shirt and a black suit
    A black Porsche 911

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