With our May Product issue, we dive deep into the minds of some of the most creative talents working today, who reveal what ignites their imagination and how they became masters of their craft.
A master of unrivaled streamlined poeticism, Michael Anastassiades’ aesthetic has become synonymous with elegance and modernity. From his studio in a converted auto repair garage in North London, the designer reflects on how he maintains timelessness in an age of instant gratification and the importance of remaining autonomous.
After a 15-year hiatus from the furniture-making business, Edmonton’s Geoffrey Lilge is back with the launch of his newest venture, Div.12. Tapping some of Canada’s hottest talents, Lilge aims to bring upmarket wrought metal chairs to the hospitality industry. “There’s a lot of generic looking hospitality seating in the market,” the furniture-maker says, “and I want to be the solution to that.”
South of the border, San Francisco-based design firm Mike & Maaike look back on their five-year relationship with tech giant Google, why they left and how to re-establish independence.
Also, writer Elizabeth Pagliacolo travels to Poland to explore now the country long considered a hub for high-end furniture manufacturing is now emerging as a hotbed for creative talent; Diamond Schmitt’s acoustic mastery at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre; our favourite soft seating from IMM Cologne and ones to watch from IDS Toronto.