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Michael Anastassiades presents his sculptural lighting in retrospective at NiMAC

Lighting designer Michael Anastassiades has brought together a collection of his work from the past 12 years for the Things That Go Together exhibition at The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre in his native Cyprus.

The show brings together pieces created for the designer's eponymous brand with those he has designed for established manufacturers including Flos and B&B Italia.

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Designs by Michael Anastassiades are laid out on the gallery's marble floor

As well as finished works from the studio's archive, the exhibition presents the designer's research to give an insight into his working process, alongside his personal collection of objects such as stones he has collected since childhood.

Exhibits are laid out on the gallery's marble floor rather than presented in cases or on plinths, allowing visitors to decide their own path through the space.

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Anastassiades curated the exhibition of his own work

Rather than arranging the show in chronological order, Anastassiades, who curated the show himself, chose to interweave the work, research and personal objects.

He hopes to demonstrate that rather than being a linear process, his work often unfolds spontaneously.

"Every time you start a new project you are faced with the anxiety of a blank page, that this time around you will learn from the time before and what you will draw, will most probably be better," explained Anastassiades.

"It is obvious to think that practice and knowledge are part of an evolving process and that placing your work in a chronological sequence would reveal this process clearly," he continued.

"It is only when you place everything randomly that you understand that the creative act extends beyond evolution and that instinct and spontaneity can surpass knowledge."

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Alongside lighting, the exhibition includes personal objects from Anastassiades' collection

Anastassiades set up his studio in London in 1994 after training as a civil engineer at the city's Imperial College, and later at the Royal College of Art.

Known for its delicate minimalist lighting, his studio has created modular lights for Flos based on the looped chains of jewellery, but also branched out into furniture in 2015 with a collection at SCP, and even wine glasses for Puiforcat the following year.

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A set of modular lights for Flos is included in the exhibition

Most recently he designed a faceted brass drinking fountain for the courtyard of London's V&A museum that was unveiled during the London Design Festival in 2018.

The exhibition at The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC) opened on 7 March, and runs until 20 July 2019. The gallery is located in a renovated powerhouse in the historic centre of the Cypriot capital.

Since opening in 1994 it has put on more than eighty shows of modern and contemporary art by Cypriot and international artists.

Photos are by Osma Harvilahti.