As the work of Michael Anastassiades proves, simple is not necessarily easy. The aesthetic shared by his tabletop objects, furniture, and lighting is achieved through paring down each object to its essence. This is not merely a process of reduction, but rather an exploration of proportion, materiality, and the physical presence of an object as it relates to its user, place, and time. “What makes it desirable—to look at, to occupy, to live with?” he wonders. “What makes an object survive time? Can it become more beautiful as it ages?” These are questions his work continues to explore.