The Copycat Table Lamp comprises two spheres that just touch each other: a small one in a precious material is placed under the ‘shadow’ of the larger one in illuminated glass.
The Copycat table lamp provides diffused illumination with a playful character that draws attention and invites contemplation through it's layers of meanings and associations. The intriguing design provides interest when seen from any direction.
It features a warm LED light source for low energy consumption, softened by a smooth opal blown-glass diffuser. The light is also reflected in the shiny metallic surface of the smaller sphere, which is machined from solid aluminium and plated in a choice of metals. A dimmer switch on the cable gives you complete control over a range of light levels.
CAPTURING A MOMENT
The design was created for Flos by London designer Michael Anastassiades and like much of his work it appears to suggest suspended motion. He's captured the two spheres at the instant they meet and gives the impression they could roll away again at any moment, or that you could reach out to pull them apart.
Though derived from a pure interplay of geometry, the forms suggest the typology of children's games. The name Copycat itself comes from a mischievous sense of the smaller sphere hiding behind the larger one and perhaps following it around. > Two spheres capture a perfect moment as if they just rolled on the table and simply met at that point. There's the contrast between the precious metal and the fragility of the glass, and the sense of mimicry like a child wanting to be like the parent.—Michael Anastassiades
Michael Anastassiades founded his London design studio in 1994.
Schooled in industrial design and engineering at London's Royal College of Art and Imperial College – the Cypriot-born designer's lighting, mirrors, and tabletop objects reside between industrial design, sculpture and decorative art. Deceptively simple, yet meticulously detailed, they betray his training as a civil engineer and industrial designer.
Anastassiades is particularly renowned for his lighting products, which comprise 80% of his studio's commissions. Shiny surfaces combined with simple geometric shapes like tubes, oblongs and spheres, articulate architectural spaces. He often chooses reflective materials – such as mirrored glass and polished bronze – that appear to dematerialise his objects, to float independently, interacting with the space surrounding them.
Since collaborating with the architectural firm Studio Mumbai (2006), Anastassiades is increasingly working with some of the world's leading architects – including David Chipperfield and John Pawson – and interior designers such as Studio Ilse. His lights can be seen in hotels, restaurants and stores worldwide – including the Grand Hotel Stockholm, Soho House New York and the Sergio Rossi boutiques worldwide.
Besides being commissioned and collected by private patrons and clients all over the world – Anastassiades has worked with many world renowned cutting-edge designers and prestigious manufacturers, including Hussein Chalayan (1997-8) Swarovski Crystal Palace (2004), Lobmeyer (2012) and Svenskt Tenn (2013). This year, he will be launching two 'families' of lights for Flos.
Featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, and the V&A Museum and Crafts Council in London, his designs have also been showcased at world-renowned galleries and arts organisations including London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Design Museum, Somerset House and Sotheby's; and Mitterand + Cramer in Geneva. Represented by the Nilufar Gallery in Milan – this follows the gallery's commission to create the ‘Lit Lines’ series of lights (exhibited at Palazzo Durini in 2011) and the ‘Tree in the Moonlight’ lamp which formed part of their Unlimited Collection (2012) .