Coordinates was born as a bespoke product intended for the dining room of the Four Seasons hotel in New York in 2018. Its original color is brass, translated by Flos in the Anodized Champagne finish for a collection that includes four suspension and ceiling models, of and different shapes, and a repeatable module that composes a luminous Cartesian grid. Plus the floor and wall versions. Coordinates is now presented in a new finish: Argent. A colder, metallic, iridescent shade. Remember the moonlight.
“The color was chosen to move us away from the first version of Coordinates custom designed for the Four Seasons, whose metal parts were made of brass,” explains Michael Anastassiades. “For the debut of the collection we had taken up a similar chromatic gradation. Instead, Argent is a lighter color that gives a feeling of greater brightness and brilliance to the surrounding space. It is a shade that better reflects the light and colors of the space ".
Coordinates by Michael Anastassiades, one year after its debut on the international market, is now a new milestone in lighting design. Much has already been said about this series. But perhaps its most important quality is to bring light back to its most poetic essence, thanks to an aesthetic that openly uses technology and gives it a soul. All in all, this is precisely the value of product design today: to create a bridge between technology, which we sometimes still perceive as cold and vaguely dangerous, and the human soul.
Especially in its Argent version, Coordinates does not contradict those parts of innovations proposed in Anastassiades' pure research work. On the contrary, it puts them in communication with the industry, finding a code that disarms the idea of a seriality unable to speak to the person and his individual needs.
Flos has always focused on relational objects, however capable of speaking contemporary languages, without easy sentimentality. The work on chromatic research is also based on this philosophy, done with philological rigor and functional to individual projects, which brings into play the ability to renew in a simple but serious way.
Photo by Tommaso Sartori