What is it?
The Flaskee is an organic cell, a fruit most commonly found in hot, tropical countries. Botanists call it calabash and it comes in a variety of different shapes.
Calabash has inspired many craftsmen throughout the years to make musical instruments, food containers and other utensils.
In my case forming the light is the main objective. It’s sustainable design with each lampshade uniquely different, there’ll never be more than one the same.
That’s nature for you – it doesn’t dish out duplicates.
How is it made?
These naturally sculptural calabashes are dried in the sun for 3 months before I get my hands on them.
Once I’ve got them in my studio, the creative process begins. I draw sketches to define the final form of the shade.
Carving and sanding follows.
The final stage includes fitting the right light source and structural details – and then they are ready to hang or sit!
Then you have this really beautifully unique lampshade like no other…
Bespoke vulnerability shaped by nature, worked by man…
I am Michail, and I started out in interior design and quickly developed a fascination with retail and fashion installations.
I’m based in London, and although I live in an urban environment, I’m constantly reminded of my past, of Greek nature and the countryside.
Flaskee is the Greek word for flask. For me its a bit more. Its my grandpa drinking his wine in one of these cells, my first piggy bank, my lampshade on my desk.