A collaboration with celebrated designer Michael Anastassiades is part of the new initiative launched by Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery, who has teamed up with a select group of contemporary designers to further cultivate the values that apply to the gallery’s work within the field of 20th century Nordic design.
Michael Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design. Positioned between fine art and design, his work aims to provoke dialogue, participation and interaction. He creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect. Anastassiades’ work is featured in the permanent collections at MOMA in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Craft Council in London, FRAC Centre in Orléans, and MAK in Vienna.
The design – Halfway Round
Exclusively for Dansk Møbelkunst, Michael Anastassiades has designed a group of furniture, consisting of a table, a stool and a screen, collectively titled Halfway Round.
The three elements are all made in Oregon Pine and share an idiom, characterized by refined simplicity and beautiful contrasting interplays between soft, rounded curves and sharp, disciplined lines. “I have tried to avoid a nostalgic approach in bringing a contemporary quality to the project”, Anastastassiades says.
“Each piece is an independent work and they are sold individually, yet there is an obvious conversation going on between the three elements. They are very much related, not only in material quality but also in their formal language”, Anastassiades explains.
Materials and craftsmanship
The London-based Cypriot designer describes the choice of material as an essential starting point. He is a strong advocate for honest materials; materials that show themselves for what they are and age beautifully over the course of time: “I believe in the inherent quality of materials and the selection of one solid timber to be used in the construction of these pieces was a very conscious choice. It was important to me to choose one wood type and then try to bring out the quality of that wood in the construction.”
Working on this project, Anastassiades resumed one of the most distinctive features of Danish furniture making; the close collaboration between designers and cabinetmakers.
Anastassiades’ furniture for Dansk Møbelkunst is made as a limited edition.