Born in Ottawa, Canada, to a Finnish father and a Lebanese mother, Anastasia Nysten grew up in Finland, France and Lebanon. And she chose Lebanon to pursue her degree in Industrial Design at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, and later to start her career with Karen Chekerdjian. After three years in London, where she worked with Michael Anastassiades, she established her own studio in 2015. Today, working from Beirut and Dubai, Anastasia expresses her multicultural background through her designs, both for furniture and interiors.
Her latest renovation project will soon be unveiled in Helsinki, and her Troll chair has 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.