Home truths

Cutler and Gross sits down with Michael Anastassiades in his London home and studio

London-based Cypriot designer Michael Anastassiades may have celebrated his eponymous brand’s tenth anniversary this year – and designed the Cyprus Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale – but he still made time to sit down at his home with Cutler and Gross. The film forms part of the optical eyewear brand’s ‘Visionaires’ series.

We’ve long been fascinated with Anastassiades’ approach to design, so much so that in 2013 we asked him to collaborate with the marble specialist Henraux, on an installation as part of our annual Handmade exhibition. Cutler and Gross, too, have been on our design radar recently. Founded by Graham Cutler and Tony Gross in 1969, we worked with the optical brand for this year’s Holy Handmade! showcase at Salone del Mobile. It collaborated with London design duo Doshi Levien on a time-capsule clutch, handmade from the same Italian acetate used to make Cutler and Gross frames.

Anastassiades’ approach to design inspires the Cutler and Gross film, as he discusses the need for creative freedom, resisting creative categorisation and maintaining focus among the noise of today’s ‘saturated’ modern world.

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.