A Cyprus-born and London-based designer who studied civil engineering at Imperial College London before taking a master’s degree in industrial design at the Royal College of Art. He founded his studio in London in 1994 and his company in 2007 with a collection of lamps, furniture, objects and jewellery. His pieces are distinguished by their skilful use of materials and the immediacy of their function: walking the line between fine arts and industrial design, they are minimalistic and functional, aimed at creating dialogue and interaction. Michael Anastassiades’s work is present in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Crafts Council in London, the FRAC Centre in Orléans, and the MAK in Vienna. He was proclaimed “Designer of the Year” in 2019 by the Elle Deco International Design Awards and in 2020 by the Maison&Object trade show. In 2020 he was awarded a Compasso d’Oro.