WOTH Wonderful Things Issue No7
NO7 offers an intimate look into the longest project Michael Anastassiades has ever worked on: his own place in Waterloo, London. This balanced equilibrium stands in a staunch contrast to the feminine refinement of the of up and coming Cristiana Celestino’s house in Milan. Studio Job lives rural in the woods near Eindhoven, close to the one and only factory Gerrit Rietveld ever built; Weverij De Ploeg in Bergeijk. Coinciding with Dutch Design Week this issue features editorial stories on Eindhoven’s menagerie: the promising group Envisions and interviews with architects John Körmeling and designer Kiki van Eijk. Marcel Wanders explains his backgrounds and esoteric interests that influenced his views on the future of design in a new world order. And Danish brand Hay harks back to the days of functionalism re-launching the Result chair and Pyramid table designed in the sixties by grandees Wim Rietveld and Friso Kramer. Lots of wonderful things.
A patient project of 20 years
Besides a bulging book case, Michael Anastassiades doesn’t have a lot of stuff in his house. That’s hardly surprising to those who know a little about his work. Still, rather than Spartan, the sober interior feels warm and intimate thanks to the dark wooden floors and cabinets.
In Waterloo, creativity flourishes in allshapes and sizes. There are two large theatres, many galleries and a host of specialized shops in the well-known nineteenth-century district in central London. ‘I live above the shop, like so many people in the past,’ Michael Anastassiades laughs good-humouredly. The house he bought in 1997 serves as a showroom (by appointment) and houses his ground floor work space. ‘At one time, this was a clothing store on a fairly busy market street. All houses had recognizable shop fronts: bakeries, butchers, greengrocers. I’ve seen a lot of change here in the last 20 years, but fortunately the neighbourhood hasn’t been gentrified as much as other parts of the city. Waterloo may be too close to the station for that. Some people think that isn’t all that chic.’ Read the whole article in WOTH Wonderful Things Issue No7.
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Photo’s: Edouard Auffray, Frank Huelsboemer, Ben Murphy
Text: Toon Lauwen