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Martin's work is a meditation of lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invites viewers to share a role in the creative process.
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FLOS NEW YORK

Decorating Michael Anastassiades’ “String Light” lamp for a good cause.

New York
2014

INTERNI, the Magazine of Interiors and Contemporary Design, Shantell Martin and FLOS joined to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the magazine, for a good cause. The Special Design Anniversary New York initiative was organized in collaboration with 6 companies that are symbols of the history of Design in the fields of accessories, lighting and living: Alessi, Cappellini, Cassina, Flos, Kartell, Poltrona Frau. For the occasion, each company presented a special one-off edition, a single version of one of their most iconic products, made with a special finish and dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Design.

The one-offs were sold in an online benefit auction to support the American DRIF – Diabete Research Institute Foundation which raises funds and promotes projects of research and innovation to cure diabetes.

 

Shantell Martin was invited to decorate the “String Light” lamp, which was designed by Michael Anastassiades for FLOS and she was also commissioned to do a mural in FLOS’ New York HQ.

“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.”

This is how Michael Anastassiades described the principle that inspired the Spring Lights ceiling lamp: a black electric wire that sets up a relationship with the architecture of a space, precisely becoming part of the lines formed by the walls of a room. And stretched out along these lines are two different light sources: one in the shape of an isosceles triangle, the other in the form of a sphere. A system of tensors gives volume and three-dimensionality to the form outlined by this lightweight cord that plays with space, while the two LED lamps emit a warm light. Minimal and poetic like a pencil line drawn in the air, String Lights is an original suspension, both conceptually simple and bold at the same time.

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