FLOS Introduces Reconfigurable Jewelry-Like Light Fixtures
In the new system, called Arrangements, individual elements can be combined and recombined to create one-of-a-kind lighting displays.
FLOS, the Italian lighting purveyor, has just released a new product designed by the London-based designer Michael Anastassiades to the market. Arrangements, which debuted at Euroluce in Milan last year, is a modular and customizable chandelier system made of interlocking LED-wrapped shapes that hang from one another like an illuminated daisy chain.
Arrangements comprises nine aluminum segments, each a simple geometric shape, including circles, teardrops, a right angle, and simple straight lines. The customer purchases these elemental modules and can then combine and recombine them, creating unique hanging displays. The pieces connect with a discreet plug, so adjusting the chandeliers do not require an electrician.
According to the Anastassiades, the idea was to allow greater versatility, enabling the composition of original chandeliers that suit the changing needs of the client. Although he says he always designs for the home, the customizable nature of Arrangements means that a chandelier could easily be incorporated into in a lobby or other commercial or hospitality setting.
Anastassiades, known for visually-striking fixtures whose reflective metallic surfaces and otherworldly simplicity give them a gemlike beauty, first opened his London studio in 1994 and started designing lighting in 2007. Much of his oeuvre emphasizes warm, spherical light sources emanating from delicate structural elements of reflective brass or other metals, producing an enchanting effect. In a 2013 collection of lights for Flos called IC, an orb of light is suspended between vertical and horizontal brass brackets, giving the appearance of levitation.
In the Arrangements system, Anastassiades goes for a different effect, merging lighting and structural elements to create a geometric design from the light itself. In its dynamism, the new piece takes cues from the designer’s earlier lighting designs, as well as inspiration from mobile sculpture and questions of balance and grace.
The scintillating light of Arrangements’s delicately balanced pendants invites comparison to jewelry, a comparison that Anastassidades does not deny: “I have always been fascinated with the parallel that exists between lighting and jewelry,” he tells Metropolis. “Starting from the simple fact of how each piece relates to the human scale: One is designed to be worn on the body whereas the other is made to decorate the space someone occupies.”
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