Anastasia Nysten grew up in Finland, France and Lebanon and settled down at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied Industrial Design and later worked with Karen Chekerdjian. After three years working in London, she established her own studio in 2015. Today, working from Beirut and Dubai, Nysten expresses her multicultural background through her furniture and interior designs. Her latest renovation project will soon be unveiled in Helsinki, and her Troll chair earned her a Talent Award at the first Beirut Design Fair in 2017. The piece combined Scandinavian comfort with a bold look – one of the characteristic features of her work, which systematically pushes formal research beyond the classics, but always makes use of natural materials.
How would you describe your work?
It is shaped by everyday stories, by moments when I notice something, by thoughts that randomly merge together. I experiment with volumes, textures, behaviors. My goal is simply to find what makes us feel good.
How have your travels influenced you as a designer?
I started moving from one country to another from a very early age and growing up surrounded by different cultures never felt strange to me. Essentially, I think I was just building my very own frame of reference. In fact, I spend a lot of time reflecting on those culturally bound behaviors and habits I have assimilated, and designing objects is also the product of these habits and a way for me to express the needs and stories of today’s world.
What are your expectations as one of M&O’s Rising Talents?
I am very excited about this experience! This will unquestionably turn the limelight on us and our country. As a young designer, I am happy to have the opportunity to show my work in Paris and I hope it can be a start for more exciting adventures!
Anastasia Nysten is one of six designers awarded Maison et Objet’s prestigious Rising Talent Award and will exhibit their work in Paris this September at Maison&Objet 2018.