This collection explores balance. There is a series of lights: table lights, wall lights, ceiling pendants and ceiling mounted lights which take as their basic form a sphere that is perfectly balanced on the edge of a rod. I came across an online video clip of a contact juggler. He was spinning a set of spheres, moving them around on his arms and edge of his fingers. And as I got mesmerized by the magic of his skill, suddenly the spheres look perfectly still. I wanted to capture that exact moment. This was my starting point. The initials IC come from the codes that English police use to define the perceived ethnicity of a person they stop in the street when reporting back to the station. IC1 means white person or Northern European type, IC2 means Mediterranean European/Hispanic, IC3 indicates an African/Afro-Caribbean person, and so on, so this is a playful story to define the different designs.
IC LIGHTS F2 - A stem of satin-finished brass. And on top, as if in a balancing act, a 30-centimetre glass sphere that projects outwards in a delicate equilibrium on the end of the slanting baton. Apparently unstable, the opalescent ball looks as though it might slip away, as if it were a circus object, or the apparatus for a juggler’s act in which both elements — sphere and baton — are magically balanced. The IC Lights floor lamp by Michael Anastassiades (also available in wall-mounted, table and hanging versions) has the poetic grace and visionary design quality that have always characterised the work of this Cypriot designer.