The design of the Flos String Light draws its inspiration from everyday items such as pylons. The designer quotes - "Every time I take the train, I sit by the window and watch the series of perfectly parallel strings connecting the pylons, as we move at high speed.
I love the way they divide the landscape and how spheres are occasionally beaded through the wires at random intervals. I also love how, in Mediterranean cultures, strings of lights are stretched between posts to mark an outdoor space for an evening party in a village square. And finally, I love how human ingenuity works around problems created by everyday things in the house (like switches and power points) that others have chosen to position where we don’t want them."
The design also stems from practicality and having the ability to take the light where you wish it to be without being governed by where the electricity points are situated. The String Lights translate this vision and discipline into an interior environment. You can choose either a 12 or 22 metre cable, Wall rose or Floor Switch (dependent on your chosen composition and these secure the cables in place) and it comes with a wall mounting kit (an assortment of both white or black pegs to attach into the wall). You can control the String lights with your iPhone and it was the winner of the Homes & Gardens designer award.
Materials: Die-cast aluminum and polycarbonate body, in matt black with clear soft-touch varnish. Optical diffuser in opal PC. Complete with wall mounting kit (includes 5 x wall mounts, 5 x black wall pegs, 5 x white wall pegs and one wall peg cap in each colour). Kevlar reinforced coaxial cable. Available with wall/ceiling connection in PC. The wallrose can have a maximum of two pendant heads fed into this and three wayout for cables. Also available with floor switch in matt black varnished PC. The floor switch can have a maximum of two pendant heads fed into this, two wayout for cables and space to wrap 10 metres of cable. The on/off switch is electronic with optical mechanism.
Dimensions: Diffuser Height: 16cm x Diameter: 19cm (12 or 22 metre cable)
Light Source: 1 LED ARRAY 21W 2700K 907 lumens, CRI93
Michael Anastassiades has a masters Degree in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art in London. After working freelance with various renowned Design practices he set up his own studio in 1994. Since then, he has been exploring contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design. Playfully positioned between fine Art and Design his unique, yet discreet work seeks to provoke dialogue, participation and interaction out of what would normally be a series of, inanimate, mundane utilitarian objects. Using a minimal language he personalises these objects, giving them identity and vitality they might otherwise not possess. His work is featured in the permanent collections of the MoMA (New York) the V&A (London) and the Crafts Council (London). His products for Flos are fast becoming design classics with there magical and elegant design.