Taking inspiration from the skills of contact jugglers, the glass sphere of the IC Floor Lamp balances on the tip of a thin steel frame.
"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." Michael Anastassiades
Anastassiades comments on the precarious equilibrium of identities, reflecting on the delicate balance inherent in one’s condition as a foreigner, in a life intent on not rolling away, just like a sphere on an inclined surface. Anastassiades often makes forays into the borderland between design and contemporary art. His philosophy aims at the creation of objects that can produce a permanent value, always at the frontier with artwork. His designs and things originate from a philosophical but also poetic process. × > 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.—Michael Anastassiades