The engineering industry’s loss was the design world’s gain. Anastassiades has received critical acclaim for his modern lighting designs, which are as much objets d’art as they are functional elements, constructed from glowing spheres and tubes that appear to defy gravity. Among the objects on display at the V&A is his graduation piece, Message Cup. ‘I always have this emotional attachment to the first item that I ever designed,’ he says. ‘It’s a voice recording and playback device. That, for me, is a special piece, maybe because it’s my first piece of design, and sort of expresses my ideas in their purest form.’ The Style Report discovers more.