Chosen by Jana Scholze at the Victoria and Albert Museum
We ask makers, curators, designers, creative practitioners and the Crafts Council team to select their favourite object from the Crafts Council Collection and to tell us why.
Jana Scholze, Curator of Modern Furniture and Product Design, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Knowing Michael Anastassiades’ work, the date does not seem right. The original tables were made around 1997 and burned in the infamous fire of a Momart store. 2006 is the date of the re-make of the four prototypes of the Occasional Table series that the Crafts Council owns. With the series, the designer intended to impose meaning to an object that, in his opinion, lacked any sense of identity. Hence, he introduced new and specific functions. This table can be used as an alarm clock and rocks due to the different length of its two pairs of legs.
About this object
Date of making: 2006
Date of acquisition: 2006
Technique/Process: Furniture making, metalworking and assemblage
Materials: Enamelled sheet steel, clock, vibrating mechanism
Dimensions: L200mm x W210mm x H520mm
Collection Number: W160